Requesting Protective Orders For Family Violence

If you are at risk because a family member, ex-spouse, boyfriend or girlfriend is committing acts of family violence against you or a family member, you should immediately seek the assistance of a family law specialist or from law enforcement. There are many remedies available to you if you or a family member has been the victim of family violence or a credible threat of family violence.

The family law attorneys at Laura Dale & Associates, P.C., understand the complex issue of domestic violence. We work hard to ensure that our clients obtain the protection that the courts can provide. If you believe that you or other members of your family are victims of family law violence, contact us immediately for help. To make an appointment with a family violence attorney, please call our Houston office at 713-574-7952 or toll free at 888-572-6059, or contact us online. Our lawyers can answer all your questions.

Experience With Complex Family Violence Cases

Family violence cases often involve issues of substance abuse and mental illness. While substance abuse and mental illness are not an excuse for acts of family violence, it is important that a family law specialist have a thorough understanding of how these factors influence perpetrators of family violence, because families are often at risk in the future. This potential risk must be addressed by the court.

The experienced attorneys at Laura Dale & Associates, P.C., will take all steps necessary to facilitate the issuance of temporary ex-parte emergency orders to protect you and your children. We will fight to obtain a final protective order that, in most cases, will remain in effect for a period of two years.

Emergency ex-parte protective orders can:

  • Remove a perpetrator from the residence when there has been violence or threats of violence
  • Keep someone away from your home
  • Keep someone away from your place of employment
  • Keep someone away from your child's school
  • Prevent all contact between the perpetrator and his/her victims

When an ex-parte order is signed, it is valid for a period of 20 days, and the issuing court will hold a hearing on the matter within 14 days. If a protective order is granted at the conclusion of the hearing, it generally will be valid for a period of two years, but can be issued for as little as a year. Under certain circumstances, protective orders can be extended by one year.

While we typically represent victims of family violence, we will also represent persons who have been unjustly accused of acts of family violence, something often seen in association with wrongful attempts to compromise someone's immigration status and/or a pending divorce or custody suit.

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Please call our office at 713-574-7952 or toll free at 888-572-6059 to schedule an appointment.