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An Order of Protection is a court order which prohibits certain behaviors of one person against another. These behaviors include domestic abuse, stalking, attempted assault, reckless endangerment, or disorderly conduct. In a case of domestic violence, you can get an Order of Protection from a Family Court against a current or former spouse, a person with whom you have had a child, a family member that you are related to by blood or marriage, or someone with whom you have had an intimate relationship. If the defendant violates such an order, he or she faces serious legal consequences, including arrest and imprisonment. These Order of Protections can safeguard people from domestic violence situations, including those that may be exacerbated by an ongoing divorce proceeding or Family Court matter.


Judges can also protect your children, such as giving you legal custody, ordering child support from the defendant, and requiring any visitations between your children and the defendant to be supervised. Those who violate orders of protection can be arrested, given a jail sentence, be charged with a more serious crime, be prohibited from owning guns, be required to pay for medical or other expenses caused by the abuse, or be put on probation.


A temporary Order of Protection may be issued in order to offer a victim immediate protection. In these cases, a hearing is usually held at a later date to determine whether to keep the Order of Protection in place.


If you are in fear for yourself and your loved ones, do not hesitate to call us. We are dedicated to advocating for you before the court and assisting you in this legal action. Our firm stands ready to help you in any situation requiring legal protection in a domestic violence matter.

Orders of Protection Overview

What Else Do You Need To Know Concerning Family Court Orders Of Protection?

You can obtain Order of Protection in Family Court or district court. In Family Court, these "O" docket cases are labeled family offenses. Upon your petition, you can receive one of two remedies:

  • Stay away Order of Protection

  • Refrain from Order of Protection


If your petition is sufficiently compelling, the judge may add a clause directing either or both parties to:

  • Parenting classes

  • Anger management

  • Counseling treatment

  • Mental health evaluations

  • Substance abuse evaluations

  • Drug testing

When Do You Need An Order Of Protection?

You should get an order of protection if you suspect the following in regards to the other parent:

  • Drug use

  • Mental problem

  • Commission of a family offense such as harassment, threats or physical abuse

Get Assistance To File An Order Of Protection

You should get an order of protection if you suspect the following in regards to the other parent:

  • Drug use

  • Mental problem

  • Commission of a family offense such as harassment, threats or physical abuse

Defending Against Orders Of Protection

Conversely, we fully understand how orders of protection are misused, overused and abused. Indeed, family law practitioners often joke how Family Court gives out Orders of Protection "like candy," and that the court should have a drive-through window. Of course, every judge wants to err on the side of caution, rather than answer to the media after someone gets hurt.


But this "better safe than sorry" attitude can cause extreme financial and emotional hardship to people who are the targets of false allegations or overreaching statements. If you have been served unjustly with an order of protection requiring you to stay away from your house or refrain from communicating with your spouse or children, contact us immediately.

Retain An Aggressive Attorney For Protective Orders To Fight On Your Side

The law firm of Zimmer & Associates succeeds in Order of Protection cases because we know how to present our client in the best light. In the text of your petition, with pre-appearance advice and emotional support in the courtroom, we help you impress the court with your responsible demeanor. If you truly want the judge to hear your side of the story, bring our firm to court.

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