When to File for a Restraining Order

By The Law Offices of Cutter & Lax  Feb. 23, 2012 2:20p

Those who have experienced an instance of domestic violence may wonder how bad the situation needs to be before they file for a restraining order or order of protection. If your spouse has physically harmed you, abused you or threatened to harm you, you have the legal option of obtaining a restraining order. You have the right to do this after the first instance of spousal abuse or other domestic violence or harassment. The moment you feel you are being harassed, stalked, verbally or psychologically abused or if you have been the victim of domestic violence in Burbank, Sherman Oaks, Van Nuys, Glendale, Encino, Woodland Hills, Westlake Village or any of the surrounding areas, speak with a Santa Clarita & San Fernando Valley divorce lawyer right away.

How a Restraining Order May Protect You

There are several different types of restraining orders which provide varying degrees of protection for varying periods of time. Overall, an order of protection can keep the abuser from contacting the victim in any way, require that he or she remain a certain distance away from the victim and certain locations (the victim’s home, work, etc.) at all times, require that the abuser leave the house or residence that was shared and more. A person needing immediate protection can seek an Emergency Protective Order which is valid for five days. Many domestic violence victims will seek a Domestic Violence Restraining Order which can be made valid for up to three years.

Restraining Order Lawyer for San Fernando Valley & Santa Clarita Valley

When you or someone you care about has been the victim of spousal abuse or other form of domestic abuse it is important to know that you can turn to a family law attorney well-versed in the legal aspects of obtaining a restraining order. At the Law Offices of Cutter & Lax, we have helped spouses, domestic partners and others obtain the immediate protection they need from a dangerous or volatile family situation. We have also helped spouses and significant others file for a restraining order that protects their children as well. When you need safety and peace of mind, make sure you have the help of a dedicated lawyer that knows how to get a restraining order put in place. Our client’s safety and well-being is important to us!

Contact a San Fernando and Santa Clarita Valley restraining order attorney with us to discuss your case today.

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