This is probably the number one reason why victims even stay with their abuser, because they’re scared about where they will go, where they’ll live, and how they’ll support themselves. Filing for temporary spousal support as part of the TRO or as a separate motion can provide money for rent, food, and other necessaries, and can also be the funding they need to create a safe and new life.
You can file for alimony or other support remedies, even if you have not filed for divorce. This is also a reason why working with a family law attorney is so important. A family law attorney will be able to guide you through the process so that custody, child support, and spousal support are properly addressed, and can help you present a strong case so you can land in a safe place with your children.
Bari Zell Weinberger is the owner and managing partner of Weinberger Law Group in New Jersey. She is Certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Matrimonial Law Attorney.