Reach out to the knowledgeable domestic relations attorneys at Garretson & Holcomb, LLC as soon as possible, and together we will take the necessary steps to ensure that you and your children are safe and secure.
Discussing Your Options
When we meet with you, we will first discuss your legal options. You may wish to contact the police and press charges against your spouse, which would likely lead a judge to issue a temporary order that forbids your spouse from contacting you. Or, we could work with you to request a civil protection order (CPO) against your spouse. Your county court would listen to your allegations and may place a temporary protection order against your spouse. If your spouse violates the terms of the CPO, criminal charges could be issued against them. In general, once a CPO is issued by the court, it could last up to five years. You’ll work with one of our dedicated domestic violence attorneys to decide which course of action to take, and we will make sure that we address your questions and concerns every step of the way.
Consequences of Protective Orders
Once a CPO is issued, you may be able to have exclusive claim on your marital residence until it is sold or handled as part of the a divorce proceeding. Your spouse will also experience significant consequences if a CPO is put in place or if they are found guilty of a domestic violence offense. A judge will most likely limit your spouse’s contact with your children—or forbid it altogether—and you could end up with full custody. It’s important to discuss all the ramifications of domestic violence matters with your attorney so that you are fully prepared for any possible outcome. For trusted and effective legal guidance during this difficult time, contact the compassionate domestic relations attorneys at Garretson & Holcomb, LLC today to get started.