Restraining Order Attorney Serving California
A restraining (or “protective”) order can be obtained by someone who is seeking protection against someone else due to abuse or harassment, stalking, or threats. For example, one common reason that people seek restraining orders is if they are victims of domestic violence and the person they want to restrain is someone they are married to, divorced or separated from, dating or dated, the co-parent of their child, or a close relative.
What do Restraining Orders do?
Restraining orders do a number of things, including preventing an individual from making any contact with you, which includes texts, phone calls, in-person visits, emails, or messages through third parties.
The Procedure for Requesting a Restraining Order
The general steps involved in filing a request for a restraining order are as follows:
- Fill out the appropriate court forms;
- File the forms with the court;
- Serve papers on the individual;
- Prepare for your court hearing; and
- Attend your hearing.
Potential Additional Forms: Child Custody, Spousal Support, Relocation Issues
Keep in mind that you may also need to fill out additional forms if you have a child with the individual you are seeking protection from and you need to modify or request a change in child custody and/or visitation. In some circumstances, you may also want to fill out a request that the other parent does not travel/move-away/or relocate with your child. Some individuals also seek out spousal support and/or child support and/or modifications to these arrangements at the same time.
You always want to make sure that a skilled attorney either helps you with these forms or at least looks them over before they are submitted, particularly if you are also seeking child and/or spousal support.
What About Restraining Order Defense?
In some circumstances, individuals may feel that a restraining order has been unfairly or illegally filed against them, or they may have been unfairly accused of violating a restraining order. These orders can be frightening, particularly if you feel that you have not engaged in the egregious conduct you have been accused of, and are worried that it could jeopardize your employment. In these circumstances, it is possible for you to work with an attorney to come to a different agreement with the other party, such as a mutual agreement to stay away from each other.
When it comes to seeking a restraining order, working with an attorney can help ensure that your application is successful, as the paperwork can be confusing. Contact us today to find out more about restraining order issues. Simply fill out our contact form or call our office at (818) 740-2122.