Family Law Issues and COVID-19 (Divorce, Domestic Violence)

When Home isn’t safe … seek help immediately.
IF YOU ARE IN IMMEDIATE DANGER, CALL 9-1-1
YOUR LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT CAN HELP YOU
IF YOU ARE UNABLE TO CALL 911, REACH OUT TO A FRIEND OR FAMILY MEMBER AND ASK FOR HELP

If you suspect that a family member, friend, or neighbor is being abused, get involved! If you SEE, HEAR, or SENSE that someone you know needs help – do not hesitate to call 911.

The Santa Barbara Superior Courts are open. Call Legal Aid to apply if you need assistance with the following services

  • Domestic Violence Restraining Order & related services
  • Elder Abuse Restraining Order & related services

My restraining order has been violated. What can I do?

If you or your children are in immediate danger, call 9-1-1. Alternatively you can call the police non-emergency line to report the violation. Most restraining orders require the abuser stay a specific number of yards away from you and/or any other protected parties, your home, vehicle, work, or school. The order typically prohibits the abuser from communicating with you in any way, either directly or indirectly. However, each restraining order is different and may include orders other than the ones listed above. If you have questions about what your specific restraining order prohibits, contact your attorney or call us for further instructions.

If I have a Criminal Protective Order, do I still need a Domestic Violence Restraining Order?

It depends. This requires a case by case analysis. If you feel protected and safe with the Criminal Protective Order alone, that is your choice. However, often Criminal Protective Orders do not include the children or other members of your household. Also, Criminal Protective Orders are not renewable. If you are already working with an attorney, Legal Aid or otherwise, contact them directly. If you need the assistance of an attorney, call the Legal Aid office closest to you for further instructions. If you qualify for our services, one of the Legal Aid attorneys will contact you.

Can Legal Aid help me with shelter?

Legal Aid does not provide shelter. We are are legal organization. If you are in need of shelter, contact Domestic Violence Solutions, they may be able to help you. Their website is dvsolutions.org. Their 24-Hour Crisis & Information Hotline numbers are:

  • Santa Barbara (805) 964-5245
  • Lompoc (805) 736-0965
  • Santa Maria (805) 925-2160
  • Santa Ynez Valley (805) 686-4390

Divorce E-Book Resource – If you are working on divorce proceedings:

Divorce & COVID-19 Keeping it Together and Moving Forward E-Book