Domestic Violence

Domestic Violence and Restraining Orders

If you or your children were subjected to physical or emotional abuse, you may be entitled to a Domestic Violence Restraining Order – a court order of protection. A restraining order is designed to protect a victim, regardless of gender, from future abuse. Domestic violence restraining orders can be obtained by family members, relatives or persons who were in a dating or marital relationship. It is important to remember that Domestic violence is not limited to physical abuse but also includes threats of physical harm, verbal emotional abuse, and stalking.

Domestic violence Restraining Orders are an important matter that can have serious consequences for many aspects of your life and particularly regarding issues related to child custody.

If you are facing a domestic violence accusation, it is imperative to act quickly and to present your case to the Court to make sure that your right are protected and that your custodial rights are not affected.

The time within which you may seek and/or respond to a Domestic Violence Restraining Order is limited and it is imperative that you contact our office immediately should you need to obtain or seek to defend against a Domestic Violence Restraining Order.

In family law, there are generally two different types of Domestic Violence Restraining Orders:

Temporary Domestic Violence Restraining Order:  A temporary Domestic Violence Restraining Order is typically issued after an emergency hearing during which the person against whom the temporary domestic violence restraining order may or may not have been provided notice about the hearing.  These temporary orders are generally issued for a period of 20-25 days.

Permanent Domestic Violence Restraining Order;  A permanent Domestic Violence Restraining Order can be issued for up to 5 years but only after the court has conducted a hearing as to whether the permanent Domestic Violence Restraining Order should be issued.

At Lopez Law Group we will handle your particular situation with experience and sensitivity.