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Understand the importance of a restraining order

A restraining order sometimes becomes a necessity during or before divorce cases. The reality is that some people simply do not get along, or there is a conflict that leads to abuse or manipulation.

There are different types of restraining orders. There are protection orders that are temporary and permanent. Initially, when you seek a restraining or protective order, it will be temporary. Why? The court needs time to review the case.

What is the purpose of a restraining order?

A restraining order is a court order that tells a person what they can or cannot do. A restraining order may say, for example, that your spouse or partner cannot be within 200 feet of you at any time. There might be restrictions on speaking to you or appearing with your relatives.

The initial order is likely to be temporary. The order can be sought after calling the police for a case of abuse or after heading to the station and reporting that you've been harmed or fear for your life. You will need to fill out an application for relief from abuse to seek a restraining order. If the subsequent hearing finds that there was abuse or harm caused by the respondent, then it's possible to have the order made permanent for a length of time.

A restraining or protective order can be used against someone in court, especially if they violate it. Your attorney will talk to you more about restraining orders and what you can do if you are in danger when you're with your spouse.

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