Below are some common FAQs regarding domestic abuse.
What is a Non-Molestation Order?
A Non-Molestation Order is a Court Order which is used to protect individuals and their children from domestic abuse. The Domestic Abuse Act 2021 defines domestic abuse as not just physical violence, but also emotional, coercive or controlling, and economic abuse.
The Act recognises children as victims if they see, hear, or otherwise experience the effects of abuse. A Non-Molestation Order prohibits the recipient from acting in a manner that constitutes domestic abuse. This includes: Using or threatening violence towards the Applicant or any relevant children. Intimidating, harassing, or pestering the Applicant or any relevant children. Contacting the Applicant or any relevant children directly or indirectly. Damaging, attempt to damage or threatening to damage the family home or any of the Applicant’s possessions. Asking another person to do any of the above.
A Non-Molestation Order can also ban a person from coming within a specified distance of certain places where the Applicant or their children are likely to be such as the family home or schools in which relevant children attend.
What is an Occupation Order?
An Occupation Order is a Court Order stating who can live in a property or any particular part of it. The Court can also decide on matters such as the payment of rent or mortgage and other bills concerning the property. Occupation Orders are extremely draconian; therefore, the Court will only grant them in exceptional circumstances.
Why choose us?
We have been helping domestic abuse victims in London for over 50 years. Our Family Law Solicitors can assist you with:
- Applying for Non-Molestation and Occupation Orders.
- Consulting with police and support services on your behalf.
- Applying for a divorce or civil partnership dissolution.
- Advising and representing you on obtaining a financial settlement and arrangements for children.
Our Domestic Abuse Solicitors have an in-depth understanding of all aspects of family law. We will work smartly and efficiently to ensure you have the Court Orders you need to keep you and your children safe and will help you leave your relationship if this is what you wish to do.
To make an appointment with one of our Domestic Abuse Solicitors based in North London please visit our contact us page or phone 020 83490321.
Further help and support are available from the below organisations.
National Centre for Domestic Violence (NCDV) – 0800 970 20 70
Refuge – 0808 2000 247 (24 hours)
Women’s Aid 0808 200 0247 (24 hours)
ManKind – 01823 334 244 Galop
LGBT Domestic Abuse Helpline – 0800 999 5428