An order of protection is a document issued by a court of law for the purpose of protecting an individual from being harmed by another due to acts of violence, abuse, harassment or verbal threats. They are often issued in domestic violence cases to keep children, spouses, significant others, cohabiting partners and family members safe, and to prevent further harm.
If an individual is being threatened, abused, or harassed by another they can petition for an order or protection from the Family and/or Criminal Court. The person filing for the order is the “petitioner”. The person who the order is filed against and must abide by the terms of the order is the “respondent”.
If you or a loved one is in an abusive situation, it is imperative that you seek legal assistance right away. Call Us–We can help you. If you have been falsely accused of child abuse or of domestic violence as part of a divorce action, we are here to advocate for your legal rights.
The two kinds of protective orders are a “stay away” order and a “refrain-from” order. If a “stay-away” order is granted, the respondent must stay away from the petitioner at a distance that is set by the court and away from his/her home, workplace or family. The “refrain from” order makes it unlawful for the respondent to harass, threaten or abuse the petitioner. If this is not done, there will be legal consequences.
If you need to petition the Court for an order of protection or if you know that you will be facing the defense of a protective order, please call us.