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An Order of Protection is a court order, which is issued to help prevent abuse, harassment, violence or stalking from continuing to occur. The victim in this case would obtain an Order of Protection to prevent, generally an abusive family member (current or former spouse, partner or family member) from future acts of abuse. An Order of Protection is not always for a family law issue, but Family Law issues are the most common reasons for Orders of Protection.
Typically, in order to have an Order of Protection granted, you must have a Significant Relationship with the abuser.
Under many state laws, the following constitute domestic abuse:
After an order of protection is granted, it can typically remain in place for two years. As the expiration date of the Order of Protection approaches, an attorney can help you file an extension.
An Order of Protection by itself will not guarantee your complete safety. However, the Order of Protection deters an abuser from making contact with you because if the abuser violates the Order of Protection they can be arrested, face criminal charges, and will possibly be incarcerated.
Working with an attorney is essential in having an Order of Protection granted by the courts. Often times an Order of Protection is contested by the person being accused of abuse, which is why having a lawyer that can present facts and evidence before a judge will strengthen your case. An experienced Order of Protection attorney understands how important these orders are and that they are vital in order to help the victims of abuse, stalking and domestic violence. If you or a loved one is suffering from abuse, contact Attorney Search Network today for a free referral to a lawyer that can help you file an Order of Protection.
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