Attorney Ernest A Baello Explains Domestic Violence & Divorce in California
An interview with Ilyssa Panitz
When it comes to Domestic Violence in the state of California, California Penal Code 13700 defines “Domestic Violence” as abuse committed against an intimate partner. According to The California Courts website, domestic violence laws say abuse can be physical, verbal, psychological emotional, stalking, disturbing an individual’s peace or destroying one’s personal property. If any of these describe a relationship or marriage you are in, you don’t have to be a victim anymore because in The Golden State, there is something called, “The Victims’ Service Unit.” Also known as VSU, this department was created back in 1999 specifically for victims of Domestic Violence by protecting them from an abuser and guiding them through the legal process on how to stop an abuser from hurting them. To explain more about the laws and what a victims rights are is Ernest A. Baello. Ernest is an Attorney with the California based law firm of Hoover Krepelka. In addition practicing in California, Ernest is also licensed in New York, Illinois and has a strong background in handling divorce actions, family law, high net-worth cases, and matters that involve Domestic Violence.
Ilyssa Panitz: There are two main Domestic Violence crimes in the state of California. What are they?
Ernest Baello: Domestic violence can occur in many forms. In California, common ways domestic violence can occur include one party attacking, stalking, threatening, harassing, destroying personal property, or disturbing the peace of another party.
Ilyssa Panitz: In California where you are based & practice, what happens if “Domestic Violence” plays a role in a divorce action?
Ernest Baello: Domestic violence can greatly complicate a divorce. It can have a significant impact on custody as well as financial matters. When there is domestic violence in a divorce case, it generally also indicates a high level of conflict between parties. A high level of conflict makes it more difficult for a divorce case to be resolved because in such situations, parties are unlikely to agree on things. This means to get things resolved, the Court will have to make decisions on things the…