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Domestic violence: Restraining orders

Domestic violence is a scary yet all too common situation, and it can be difficult to understand how to begin to find a way out when you are in the midst of an abusive or violent relationship. One of the primary methods of protection victims have is the restraining order. Whether you are not married to the other party or are experiencing an escalation in threatening behavior due to a divorce or custody issue, we can help you understand if a restraining order is a possibility for you.

A restraining order can be a tool to help de-escalate a situation and ensure that you don't have to deal with threatening behaviors or verbal altercations while the rest of the case is sorted out. Restraining orders are generally only given for a finite period of time, so it's important to discuss follow up plans with your lawyer for how you will pursue additional legal action or deal with the situation once the restraining order has expired.

While a restraining order can be a very important step in protecting yourself, they can also be challenging to obtain. There generally needs to be some proof of imminent physical danger or a reasonable expectation of harm.

Having an experienced family law attorney guide you through the court system can ensure you are aware of your options and any possible roadblocks you may face. At Pacheco Perez, we know how overwhelming it can be to try to petition the courts for a restraining order, and we are committed to using our experience and resources to help you.

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