What Is a Domestic Violence Protective Order?

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Domestic Violence Protective Orders and Divorce

During a divorce, a domestic violence protective order can be used as both a sword and a shield. As a victim of domestic violence, a protective order can help you feel more secure at home, at work and all other aspects of your life. Domestic violence should not go unreported, and our attorneys at Jetton & Meredith are experienced to fight for your rights if you are a victim of domestic violence.

As your advocate, our attorneys will help you navigate through the complexities of the situation involving domestic violence, in order to help you determine the right steps to make. Our attorneys also understand the difficulties accompanied with speaking to anyone, including an attorney, about a personal matter such as domestic violence. Our lawyers recognize it is important to protect victims of domestic violence, as well as your safety, often times, the safety of your children.

Defending Against False Allegations of Domestic Violence

Unfortunately, there are also individuals who abuse the relief offered by domestic violence protective orders to improperly gain leverage in highly contested or highly adversarial divorce cases. If you are unjustly accused of domestic violence or have a domestic violence protective order in place against you, there can be significant consequences against you in the outcome of your divorce or family law case. These types of restraining orders or domestic violence protective orders can impact your employment, your ability to gain employment, your reputation or otherwise have a devastating impact on your divorce or family law case.

Domestic violence protective orders or restraining orders often prohibit you from having direct or indirect contact with the opposing party, prohibit you from having contact with your children, prohibit you from going to your children’s school, or can prohibit you from possessing firearms, which can be problematic for members of the armed forces, service members, police officers and other members of security.

An alleged victim of domestic violence can ask for 50B protective order without notifying the other party. The judge can impose a temporary order based solely on the testimony of the alleged victim. After 10 days, the judge will hold a hearing to determine whether the order will remain in effect for one year.

If you are served with a domestic violence protective order or restraining order, it is important you contact one of our experienced lawyers to represent you. If you have been served with a domestic violence protective order or restraining order, any violations of the Order may also result in subsequent criminal charges, which can result in you having a permanent criminal record, if you are convicted.

Contact Our Attorneys Concerning a Domestic Violence Protective Order

Our lawyers at Jetton & Meredith understand the challenges involved in defending against harsh allegations of domestic violence. In retaining one of our attorneys to represent you, you will have the confidence that our divorce and family law attorneys are experienced to help you during this difficult time.

If you have been falsely accused of domestic violence, our lawyers will immediately take the appropriate legal actions to protect your rights. Contact one of our divorce and family law attorneys at Jetton & Meredith for a consultation to discuss your rights and options.

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