Are you or your children a victim of family violence (domestic violence), or are you and your children, victims? If your answer is “yes,” you may be considering divorce as you should. Family violence is NOT good for you, it’s not good for your marriage and if you have children, they should not be victims, nor should they witness abuse.
When domestic violence victims decide to finally put an end to the cycle of violence by ending their marriage, they should do it with lots of support. They should consult with an attorney to learn the best strategies to protect their parental and property rights, and they should seriously consider getting a protective order.
What a Protective Order Can Do
A Texas protective order is a court order that protects victims who have been on the receiving end of violence or sexual assault or who have been threatened by their spouse, partner, or former partner.
How can a protective order help you?
- It can order your abuser not to hurt you
- It can order the offender not to threaten to hurt you
- It can order the abuser to stay away from you, your children, your pets, your home, your work, your children’s schools, and other relatives
- It can order your abuser to not have a gun
- It can order your abuser not to have a license to carry a gun
- If the abuser violates the protective order, the police can arrest them for violating the protective order and he or she can face criminal charges
“Will the court give me a protective order?” Someone can get a protective order if another person has hurt them or threatened to hurt them, and they are afraid of that person hurting them again, and the parties are relatives or are in a close relationship or have a child together. Close relationships include marriage, dating, or living together.
Generally, protective orders can last up to two years, but in some cases, they can last longer. If your relationship involves domestic violence, we urge you to contact The Law Office of Gregory C. Goline, PLLC to schedule a confidential consultation.