The Palm Beach Divorce Lawyers of Nugent Zborowski & Bruce represent clients in all aspects of divorce and family law matters, including domestic violence proceedings.

When appropriate, if a court determines that someone is the victim of domestic violence (defined below) the judge may issue an injunction (restraining order) that limits or eliminates contact between two people.  In most cases, a violation of the injunction is a criminal offense. 

Sometimes, however, judges can get “creative” in dealing with domestic violence issues.  As an example, in a Broward County judge recently required a man accused of committing the offense of domestic violence to buy his wife a birthday card and take her on a dinner date to Red Lobster and then to the local bowling alley.  Apparently, the incident leading to the alleged violence started when the wife complained to her husband about him forgetting her birthday. Click here for a video of the judge’s decision.

Judge John Hurley’s “Red Lobster Order” has already drawn huge criticism from victims’ rights groups.  The CEO of Women In Distress has called the ruling “a joke”, and many question whether it made much sense to order someone to spend time with their wife after an alleged incident of domestic violence.

For those who are interested, pursuant to Section 741.28, Florida Statutes, “Domestic Violence” means: “any assault, aggravated assault, battery, aggravated battery, sexual assault, sexual battery, stalking, aggravated stalking, kidnapping, false imprisonment, or any criminal offense resulting in physical injury or death of one family or household member by another family or household member.”

For more information on obtaining a restraining order in Palm Beach County click Palm Beach Restraining Order Resources.