Filing for a Protective Order
Where there has been domestic violence or abuse in a household or a threat of violence, a party can file a petition for a Preliminary Protective Order against the abuser.
The Preliminary Protective Order is generally issued without much fanfare and often without the appearance of the abuser. After being issued, the Protective Order is served by a Police Officer upon the abuser at which point he or she is removed from the home. Another hearing is then scheduled and held within fifteen days to determine if a Permanent Protective Order is necessary. A Permanent Protective Order can be in effect for up to two years.
We can guide you through this emotionally charged process. Custody of children is often involved, possession of a residence and vehicles can be involved and, often, there are requests for no contact between the parties and children.
It is a stressful time for the petitioner and we can help.