Information About Restraining Orders

March 22, 2017
The order is quite special in as far as what the abuser can and can not do. The abuser can be ordered not to have some contact with you, in person or by telephone, at home, work, or virtually everywhere you request the court to place in the court order. Other people may be also protected by the order with any contact in your family.

The court can order the abuser to leave the house or rental that the abuser, as well as you share; even if it's in the abuser's name.

In unusual situations, the court will give you custody of your minor kids. In a few states, the court can also order the abuser to pay support and child support for you. The abuser is often given visitation with the child/kids under specific conditions. You need to allow the judge understand why you believe so, in the event the kids are in danger of abuse.

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In a few states the court may also order the abuser to pay for prices that resulted from the abuse, for example; home invoices that are due right away, medical/dental therapy, moving expenses, loss of income. The judge may make the abuser pay damages to you or other people that got hurt by the abuser or helped you, and may also make the abuser pay your attorney's fees.

The judge may order the abuser to receive professional domestic violence counselling, or tell the abuser to go to AA, or to get assessed. In the event that you would like them to consent to go to counselling, the judge should just make it an order for the abuser.

The judge can order law enforcement to see the abuser to eliminate personal items from the home, or shared a place of business so that you're shielded by law enforcement during any contact that is required.

The judge has the ability under the law to order anything else that may help shield you, provided that it is agreed to by you:

  • Stalking
  • Assault
  • Burglary
  • Terrorist threats
  • Criminal mischief
  • Kidnapping
  • Lewdness
  • Sexual assault
  • Criminal sexual contact
  • Criminal trespass
  • False imprisonment
  • Criminal restraint
  • Harassment
  • Homicide

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