July 01, 2015

Divorce and Domestic Violence: When Family Law Meets Criminal Law

Aimee Pingenot Key

Although family law and criminal law are two very distinct areas of law, they frequently overlap, creating challenges for practitioners of both disciplines. When a family law case involves elements of criminal law, the case becomes exponentially more complicated for the family law practitioner. Often, the multitude of orders in the family courts and the criminal courts seem to conflict with one another. Cases may proceed simultaneously in different courts and through different attorneys, leading litigants to question which orders take precedence. This article examines the common intersection between family law and criminal law specifically in the realm of domestic violence.

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