Domestic Dispute Law & Legal Definition


A domestic dispute is generally any quarrel, which may or may not include violence, within a family or between members of the same household. Definitions are governed by local laws, which vary, and may also cover including any child or an adult or fully emancipated minor who is a spouse, former spouse, cohabitant, former cohabitant or person with whom a suspect has had a child or has or has had a dating or engagement relationship. It may or may not include criminal behavior. Local laws should be consulted for specific requirements in your area.

In a domestic disturbance an officer has every reason to suspect foul play.[Dean v. State, 2003 Tex. App. LEXIS 10044, 6-7 (Tex. App. 2003)]

Domestic dispute is also termed as domestic disturbance or family disturbance.