Man in courtroomThis post concludes and recaps my series on how protective orders impact child custody cases in Virginia. I felt it necessary to write on this topic due to the fact that many people make the mistake of viewing a PPO as a “private matter” and they do not realize the extent to which such an order will impact their situation. The goal of my last several posts has been to provide information which will help people to better understand their situation and to assist them in making an informed selection when choosing a family law attorney. If you need assistance then contact my office today to speak with a lawyer.

I have addressed several issues over my recent articles. Matters which I have analyzed include:

There are several reasons why residents of our state must understand these topics. First, some do not realize the speed at which a protective order can be issued. The process is quick and a hearing will be held shortly after the petition is filed. Second, and unfortunately, many PPO’s are based on the false allegations of someone trying to gain an advantage in divorce or child custody proceedings. Third, the issuance of a protective order can result in the court modifying child custody. Finally, violating a PPO can lead to jail time, a contempt of court, and fines.

One point I have made throughout this series is that you should contact an attorney immediately if you are in a family law dispute which involves a protective order. Both the courts and law enforcement take such matters very seriously and the outcome of your case can have a meaningful impact on your future. If you find yourself in such a situation then contact our office to speak with an attorney.