One of the most difficult areas of family law that same-sex couples might encounter is domestic violence. There are many misconceptions about domestic violence. One is that the issue does not affect same-sex couples, be they married or unmarried. In reality, domestic violence can affect any type of individual, regardless of the type of relationship that person is in. Fortunately, in New York there are crucial legal protections available to gay and lesbian couples as well as heterosexual couples.
A family court order of protection is available to someone who may be facing abuse from their same-sex partner. The order can provide a legal protection against assault, stalking, harassment, threats, unwanted repeated contact or menacing. A New York family lawyer may be able to help a gay or lesbian residents understand the process of obtaining an order, how their rights can be safeguarded and how related legal disputes, such as child custody, may be resolved in the future.