Arizona Attorneys for Orders of Protection
Retraining Orders Lawyers in Arizona
An order of protection in Arizona is a legal restraint put in place as an effort to stop violent or threatening behavior. Arizona orders of protection are used in domestic situations to prohibit contact between parties with a history or current threat of domestic violence.
Filing an order of protection in Arizona is specifically used when there is a familial type relationship between the two parties who at odds. Some of the examples of familial relationships include: a relative, a spouse or a former spouse, or parties who have a child or children together. If you feel that you, your children, or another family member is at risk or is a victim of domestic violence, please contact our Arizona family law lawyers for assistance in filing on order of protection.
Our trained family law attorneys and staff will be able to guide you through your various options and help you file the necessary paperwork in the most efficient and effective way. Don’t risk further abuse or violence. Seek assistance right away. Of course, if the threat is truly immediate, you should call the police.
Family law matters such as divorce can become emotionally charged and orders of protection are a way to avoid potentially harmful situations. However, they can also be used improperly to sway decisions and outcomes related to custody and other familial matters. Because even allegations of domestic abuse are taken very seriously and custody issues are cause to look at every aspect of someone’s life, orders of protection that allege domestic violence can have devastating effects while fighting for parental rights.
Restraining Orders and Order of Protection FAQs
An Order of Protection is used to prevent contact and additional harm from someone who has committed acts of domestic violence against the filer or the filer’s child/ren. The Order of Protection will force distance between the abuser and the victim, but the order may contain additional provisions preventing specific behaviors.
A restraining order is meant to restrict someone from taking a certain action. In a family law context, restraining orders are often used during divorces to maintain stability. One spouse may have a restraining order to prevent canceling an insurance policy or damaging a property.
An Injunction Against Harassment is an order to prevent someone who is not a relative or current or former partner from contacting and additionally harming the petitioner. The respondent will be ordered not to go to the petitioner’s home, school, or work for one year from the date of service.
An Injunction Against Harassment can be approved when the respondent has committed two acts of harassment and domestic violence against the petitioner, one of which being in the last year. These acts include custodial interference, assault and aggravated assault, harassment and aggravated harassment, surreptitious videotaping, and threatening and intimidating.
An Order of Protection will be granted if the respondent has committed acts like assault, kidnapping, violating a court order, criminal trespass, endangerment, and stalking. The petitioner can include requests for provisions like no contact or peaceful contact (usually for custody issues), move out of a shared home, restrictions on owning firearms, or mandatory counseling attendance.
If possible, you should call the police after any instance of domestic violence so that there is documented evidence of the abuse. When you are ready, go to a courthouse, which should have a protective orders division. Fill out the required paperwork- you will need information like the abuser’s name, address, and phone number. You will file the order and meet with a judge, who will decide whether or not to grant the order. If the order is granted, the police will serve the order on the respondent.
Having a restraining order against you will show up on a background check and make it difficult to find employment. After being served with the order, you can respond with a request for a hearing on the order. The hearing will be held within 5 days if you may not return to your residence because of the order, and 10 days if not. Both sides will present evidence and argue their position. Either party may retain an attorney to represent them through the process.
Contact our Arizona Family Law Firm regarding either obtaining or fighting an Order of Protection or Restraining order in Arizona.
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