Your home should be a secure environment to share with those you care about and trust. Occasionally, however, household members violate trust and become violent. Domestic violence is physically and emotionally traumatic and determining your next course of action can feel overwhelming. Fortunately, you are not alone in bearing this burden. Youngblood Law, PLLC has assisted numerous men and women escape abusive relationships. Whether someone has threatened or committed violence against you, you can seek a protective order.
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Intimate partner violence is a much bigger problem than many people realize. In Texas alone, 40.1 percent of women and 34.9 percent of men will experience domestic violence in their lifetimes, according to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Unfortunately, domestic violence often escalates and can be deadly. If you have been abused, contact a Fort Worth domestic violence lawyer today.
We strive to protect victims of domestic violence. We accomplish this by obtaining protective orders and exploring other options.
While many people use the terms “protective order” and “restraining order” interchangeably, they are quite different. Judges often issue restraining orders during contentious divorce cases. These orders prevent parties from behaving in certain ways while the proceedings continue. For instance, a restraining order can prevent the parties from incurring debts or emptying the bank accounts. If someone breaks a restraining order, the court can intervene and can assess penalties.
Protective orders are used to protect victims of domestic violence. Judges have much more discretion when creating protective orders. Also, the police can enforce protective orders. Thus, if someone violates the order, you can call law enforcement. Then, the police can arrest the person if necessary. In addition, your Fort Worth protective order lawyer can report any violations for you if needed.
A judge may issue a protective order if you are or have been the victim of domestic violence. You can also receive a protective order if someone has threatened you with violence.
As a result, a protective order forbids another person from harming you or threatening to harm you. The protective order extends not only to you but also to your loved ones – even your pets. In addition, per Texas law, an offender cannot carry a gun or have a license to carry one.
All sorts of situations may call for a protective order, including:
To procure a protective order for domestic violence, the abuser must be close to you or a loved one. For example, they can be a domestic partner or the friend of a domestic partner.
If an offender violates a protective order, they risk arrest and other harsh penalties. A protective order also empowers the police to act if the offender violates the order. The police can arrest the offender in such cases, and a judge can charge the offender with a criminal offense.
A protective order typically lasts about two years in Texas. However, it may last longer than two years in severe cases. There are even protective orders that last for a lifetime.
You can obtain a protective order if:
A restraining order is a legal document issued in a civil case, most often in a divorce case or lawsuit. The purpose of a restraining order is to maintain civility between opposing parties during the court proceedings.
The restraining order defines how the parties should interact and not interact with each other. The order may also forbid the parties from accessing a joint bank account and other shared assets while the court proceedings are underway. A restraining order does not enlist the police if a party violates the order. Instead, it’s the affected party’s responsibility to notify the court about the violation. Then, the court sets a hearing during which a judge may impose monetary damages and additional restrictions on the offending party.
A restraining order is usually shorter, often lasting for several months. In any case, the order lasts for the duration of the civil court proceedings. However, like protective orders, high-conflict cases may warrant years-long or even indefinite restraining orders.
There are four different types of protective orders that could be issued in Texas after an accusation of domestic violence has been made. The limits placed depend on the type of order issued. The four types of Texas protection orders are:
As such, protective orders can be issued for emergency situations and they can also be temporary or permanent. Your Fort Worth Protective Order Attorney can help figure out which protective order fits your case best.
If you fear for your safety, or the safety of your child, you can take legal steps TODAY to protect yourself. You can go to court to ask for a protective order to prevent family violence.
The court wants to ensure your safety; and so do we. Contact one of our family violence lawyers for immediate assistance. Call (817) 601-5345. An initial hearing will be scheduled soon after you file your papers.
Note that TROs are often filed and issued in Texas divorce cases. As they prohibit the other spouse from taking certain actions, these orders are not typically driven by the threat of family violence, but rather by the need to keep things as they are — preserving the “status quo” while the divorce is in process. Whether this is a required part of your divorce or a decision you must make will depend on which county you reside in.
There is a belief that only women are victims of domestic violence. However, this issue affects both genders. According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, 34.9 percent of the men in Texas will experience domestic violence during their lifetimes. In addition, 40.1 percent of Texas women will suffer at the hands of an abuser. Youngblood Law, PLLC helps both men and women obtain domestic violence protective orders against their abusers.
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