Have you ever wondered if all the reported domestic abuse case that get a emergency temporary restraining order are actually true? Jon Reifeld explores the other side of the issue of what if the woman uses the Ex-Parte proceeding to take her husband to the cleaner. As in real life, someone accused of domestic abuse is in the eyes of the legal system and the public guilty until they can IF they can prove their innocence in civil court. Martin Silkwood comes home from a business trip to find his wife and children gone and all too soon police are knocking on his front door with a Ex-parte proceeding papers demanding he leave his home within fifteen minutes. Martin is devastated and all too soon learns the ramifications of the allegations against him, not knowing where to turn to get the help straighten things out so he can once more see his children who he adores. His wife, Katie, has planned this for months laying down a trail of lies to backup her allegations of domestic abuse including making police reports when Martin is out of town so the police cannot question Martin. Martin’s business partners want him to settle it telling him not to sign a Consent Decree so it does not damage the business reputation or else! His lawyer seems inept to handle the case levied against Martin. Now Martin’s only chance to clear himself of the charges levied against him is to trust a covert group that approach him and tell him they help level the playing field in these cases.
Unfortunately in today’s society there is a need for emergency temporary restraining orders to try to protect the helpless against violence. But in doing so sometimes the innocent’s rights is plowed under so some can be politically correct. This story explores that avenue.
Jon Reisfeld does an excellent job of keeping the reader engaged in the story to the last page.
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