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Coronavirus and Domestic Violence

healthcare and social problems concept - womans hands holding purple domestic violence awareness ribbonAs most people are well aware, the COVID-19 or “Coronavirus” has been spreading throughout the world, threatening people’s health, lives, businesses, and livelihood. As a result, Mecklenburg County, and many other counties in North Carolina have enacted “Stay at Home Orders” designed to decrease the spread of this deadly disease. During this time, most people will be staying at home unless engaging in essential activities.

Unfortunately, the stress and isolation this virus has brought about can result in increased instances of domestic violence. While normal court sessions have been postponed, certain cases, such as cases involving domestic violence, are still able to be heard by North Carolina judges.

Should a judge grant a complaint for domestic violence, there are a number of forms of relief that can be ordered, depending on the situation. For example, the judge could grant the following:

  • That the abuser stay away from the victim of domestic violence;
  • That the abuser leave the home and grant temporary possession of the home to the victim of domestic violence;
  • If the parties have children, the judge could make a temporary custody award as well as a temporary child support award.

Understand that the above examples are but a few of the forms of relief that are available to victims of domestic violence. The attorneys at Offit Kurman have many years of experience handling domestic violence cases in Charlotte as well as the surrounding counties in North Carolina as well as the other regions Offit Kurman is situated in. Additionally, given the nature of the current pandemic, we have the capability to speak with clients over the phone as well as via video conferencing.


Kyle Frost is a North Carolina board-certified specialist in family law, with emphasis on equitable distribution, child custody, child support, alimony, post-separation support, step-parent adoptions, and post-judgment practice including contempt proceedings. His practice encompasses Mecklenburg, Gaston, and the surrounding North Carolina counties.










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