Individuals may seek an order of protection if they were abused by a household member or family member or if the court believes they are in danger of such domestic violence. Those who would seek an order often do so by way of a civil court, through a divorce decree or during a related abuse trial. If your rights have been compromised by an order of protection, it may help you to understand your various restrictions so you do not risk violating them. Orders of protection may include:
- Prohibitions against taking your children out of state
- Prohibitions against threats, intimidation, harassment, physical abuse
- Orders for you to keep a certain distance from the accuser and/or your children and specific locations like their school or workplace
- A provision to give your children’s other parent temporary legal custody or physical possession
- Requirements for you to attend court or bring your child to court
- A requirement for you to give up properties or prevent you from selling properties
Additionally, your order may require you to attend counseling or dictate child visitation restrictions and supervision details.
Options for the accused
If you face accusations for domestic violence and limitations on your rights because of an order of protection, you may want to reach out to your attorney and discuss your options with them. Note also that your accuser may seek to file criminal charges against you. If you were arrested for and charged with domestic violence, you should do what you can to protect your rights.