A Protective Order Could Save Your Life

Posted on May 14, 2010 by Hofheimer Family Law

Spousal abuse is a situation you’ll want to remove yourself from quickly and a Virginia divorce court can be a long and arduous process, but there is immediate action that can be taken. This immediate action is a protective order or a restraining order. A protective order establishes rules and restrictions on the abuser.

How Protective Orders Work

The great thing about protective orders is that they can be filed even before divorce proceedings begin
through either criminal or civil court in a police station, courthouse or state attorney’s office.

The basic function of a restraining order is to restrain the abuser from certain activities, such as being anywhere near you. However, all desired actions must be directly requested by you (the victim) at the time the order is requested.

Other Optional Restrictions For Protective Orders

The basic restraining order will address your major concerns of keeping your abusive husband away from you. However, you may wish to include some further details and restrictions such as:

  • Child custody;
  • Not allowing the abuser to make phone calls, write letters, or communicate with you in any way;
  • Requiring the abuser to pay for medical and legal bills;
  • Disallowing the abuser to carry a gun;
  • Requiring the abuser to seek counseling;
  • Support fees and child support; and
  • Liability for damages to your personal property caused by the abuser.

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