Unfortunately in the world we live in, we have situations that jeopardize the safety and physical welfare of parents and children. If you or a family member, especially a child, has been a victim of physical abuse, sexual abuse, or threats of abuse, you must be aware of the protections the law in Texas affords you.
Our protective orders attorney has represented hundreds of men and women in the past 25 years that require legal protection from a spouse or other family members. Even though a protective order will never completely guarantee that an evil act will not occur, you must take all legal precautions to secure the safety of you and your family.
What is a protective order?
A protective order is a civil order issued to prevent continuing acts of family violence. Family violence is basically defined as any act by one member of a family or household intended to physically harm another member, a serious threat of physical harm, or the abuse of a child. Family includes blood relatives or relatives by marriage, former spouses, parents (married or not) of the same child, foster parents and foster children, or any member or former member of a household (people living in the same house, related or not).
How will a protective order help?
Our law firm will provide the necessary court order to get a protective order for our clients which will prohibit the offender from:
- Committing further acts of family violence.
- Harassing or threatening the victim, either directly or indirectly by communicating the threat through another person.
- Going to or near a school or day-care center that a child protected under the order attends.
In some situations, a protective order may also include orders to prohibit transfer or disposal of property, establish possession and visitation of a child, pay child or spousal support, pay for your attorney’s fees, attend mandatory counseling, vacate the residence, if certain conditions are met. A person who violates may be taken to civil court, found in contempt, fined and jailed.
Can I get a protective order?
If the court finds that family violence has occurred and is likely to occur again, the court shall render a protective order. To obtain a protective order, the victim and the offender must be (1) related by blood or marriage, (2) living together, or previously lived together, or (3) have a child together. Consult with an attorney even if you are not sure you meet the requirements for a protective order. Risking the lives of your loved ones is something everyone should take very seriously.
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