Do you need a Protective Order?
We not only represents clients in a variety of divorce and property settlement actions, but also in situations of family abuse. We put our clients first in all situations, but especially when the health and well-being of a client is at risk. If you are facing domestic abuse or violence, you need to take action immediately. We can help you put the law to work for you, so that you can protect yourselves and your children against an abusive spouse, parent or other family member.
Who Can Get Protective Order
If you have been abused, you can get a protective order against that individual.
What are the Different Types of Protective Orders
- Emergency Protective Order (EPO): A person can get an emergency protective order, which last 72 hours, immediately after the abuse. An emergency protective order is limited in nature and is granted by the magistrate.
- Preliminary Protective Order (PPO): A person can get a preliminary protective order, which lasts up to 15 days. This generally occurs after the emergency protective order expires and is granted by a judge either after testimony by the person seeking a protective order or based on an affidavit.
- Protective Order (PO): A person can get a protective order, which lasts up to 2 years. It is generally granted at the same time as the preliminary protective order expires.
How to Get Protective Order
To get a protective order, you must first file a petition. You may file a petition in the county where you live, the county where the abuser lives or in the county where the abuse occurred. After you file for a protective order, the court will schedule a hearing to determine whether to grant a protective order.
What Protective Orders Can Do
The purpose of a protective order is to protect you and your loved ones from future abuse. Depending on the facts surrounding your family situation, a protective order can include a number of different provisions, including the following:
- Ordering the abuser to leave your house
- Granting you temporary possession of the house
- Ordering the abuser to participate in a treatment or counseling program
- Giving you temporary possession of any jointly owned motor vehicles
- Granting you temporary custody of your children
- Providing you with temporary child support if you have any children together
- Granting you possession of a pet
Become Represented by an Experienced Family Law Attorney at Dua Law Firm, PLLC
If you are facing an abusive situation, please contact Dua Law Firm, PLLC, today. We can assist you in working to prevent future abuse and in protecting yourself and your family.
Call Travis Van Hook or Raj Dua at (571) 325-0900.
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