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Protective Orders to Keep You & Your Family Safe

Deciding to apply for a protective order is a very personal and often complicated choice. Not all situations are black and white, especially when spouses and co-parents are involved. It is so important, however, that no matter how conflicted you may feel, you always put your physical safety ahead of someone else’s feelings. Family violence is never OK, no matter what.

If you fear that your safety or the safety of your child is in imminent danger, it is imperative that you do not take any chances. Contact the police. Once you are safe, we urge you to reach out to The Law Office of Gregory C. Goline to help you navigate your way. We have significant experience handling Denton family violence and protective orders matters.

If you have suffered violence that does not pose an immediate threat to your safety, contact our family law team before something bad happens. We will file with the court any necessary applications for protective orders, and we will represent you at any resulting hearings.

On the Receiving End: Responding to an Application for Protective Order

Unfortunately, false allegations of family violence are common during divorce and complex family law matters. Unfounded allegations may potentially destroy the reputations, careers, and lives of the accused. Moreover, false accusations misdirect precious court resources that should be spent helping legitimate victims of violence.

If you have been served with an application for a protective order that you believe is unreasonable, The Law Office of Gregory C. Goline can help. Our divorce lawyers in Denton will file a response to the application and force the applicant to prove their case before the Court.

We will use our absolute best efforts to obtain a favorable outcome that allows you to see your children and enter your home.

Experience, Compassion & Sensitivity

The family law lawyers at The Law Office of Gregory C. Goline have more than just experience in this complex area of law – we have an understanding and respect for how difficult this time may be. We pledge to handle the matter with compassion and discretion.

What is a Protective Order?

Texas courts issue protective orders to prevent continued acts of family violence. These orders may also specifically address matters of sexual assault, stalking, or human trafficking. Protective orders for are issued in civil court and are not criminal charges, however, violating a protective order is a criminal violation that has a punishment range of up to one year in the county jail. Also, the ramifications of having a protective order issued against you can be far-reaching. For instance, protective orders can inhibit the ability to see your children and prevent you from possessing a firearm. In order to obtain a protective order in Texas, the Court shall find whether: (1) family violence has occurred; and (2) family violence is likely to occur in the future.

Family violence encompasses three types of situations:

  • Any act by a family or household member intended to physically injure another family or household member
  • A serious threat of physical injury made by one family or household member to another
  • Any abuse of a child

For purposes of family violence, Texas law defines ‘family’ as:

  • Individuals related by blood or by marriage
  • Married or unmarried parents of a child
  • Former spouses
  • Any individual with whom the actor has or has had a dating relationship with

Three Types of Protective Orders

There are three different types of protective orders that the court may issue if it finds sufficient evidence of family violence:

  • Magistrate’s Order for Emergency Protection (EPO)
  • Temporary Ex Parte Protective Order – In effect for 20 days
  • Protective Order – In effect for two years

Contact Our Skilled Family Violence and Protective Orders Lawyers in Denton Today

The Law Office of Gregory C. Goline is a local firm that is well established in the legal communities of Denton and North Texas. We help individuals faced with family violence, including those who seek protective orders as well as those with a protective order placed against them.

Call us today at (940) 400-0475 to schedule a complimentary consultation where you can tell your story, and we can discuss possible options.

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