This is the first post in a series which will discuss how Protective Orders impact parents who are involved in a child custody dispute. I felt it necessary to write on this topic as there are few things which impact a custody case as do allegations of violence or harassment. The goal of my coming posts is to provide information which help parents to understand their options and to assist them in making an informed decision when the select a family law attorney. If you have questions the contact my office today to speak with a lawyer.
Over my next several posts I will be addressing common issues and questions which arise when one has either obtained or been served with an Emergency Protective Order (“EPO”). Issues which I will discuss include:
- The effect of a Protective Order and how to obtain one
- Disputing an EPO which is based on false allegations
- How Protective Orders can impact child custody proceedings
- The importance of adhering to the restrictions of a Protective Order
It is important to understand these issues if you are involved in a family law dispute. First, a EPO can often be obtained relatively quickly. Second, and unfortunately, it is common for applications to be based upon false allegations. This is due to parties believing that they can gain an advantage if family law proceedings by obtaining a Protective Order. Third, judges take few issues as seriously as those which involve allegations of domestic violence. Finally, failing to follow the requirements of a EPO can result in one being jailed, held in contempt of court, and potentially losing child custody.
If you have been served with an EPO then you must take the matter seriously. Many make the mistake of thinking that the situation is “no big deal” and that it is simply a private matter between two parties. The fact of the matter, however, is that the court will quickly respond to situations where it believes someone’s safety is at risk. As a EPO law firm we regularly handle such matters. Call today to speak with a lawyer.