What is an Order of Protection?

An Order of Protection is a legal document that provides protection to people that are being abused by family or household members. They are sometimes filed during divorces or as a result of domestic battery, though an active family law case is not a prerequisite.

Who Can An Order of Protection Be Issued Against?

Generally speaking, a victim can seek an Order of Protection against any of the following:

  • The victim’s spouse or former spouse.
  • Anyone in the victim’s family. This includes anyone the victim is related to through blood or marriage, such as parents, children, and stepchildren.
  • Anyone in the victim’s household.
  • Anyone the victim has a child with.
  • Anyone the victim has a relationship with through a child. An example could be the child’s grandparent.

What Can An Order of Protection Do?

Judges can issue an Order of Protection to protect a victim from an abuser. This may include, but is not limited to:

  • Ordering the abuser to stop abusive acts.
  • Ordering the abuser to stay away from the victim and all other people protected by the order.
  • Ordering the abuser to not contact the victim.
  • Ordering the abuser to stay a certain distance away from the victim’s home, school, or work.
  • Ordering counseling.
  • Requiring a return of property.
  • Forcing an abuser to move out of a home shared with the victim.

Contact BRE Law for a Consultation

If you desire to obtain or defend against an Order of Protection, the experienced family law lawyers at BRE Law can help. Please contact us to schedule a consultation.

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