Domestic Violence Restraining Orders (DVRO’s)

Protection and Legal Support for Domestic Violence Victims

Domestic violence is a serious issue that requires immediate and decisive action to ensure the safety and well-being of victims. At Law Office of Michael L. Fell, we are dedicated to providing compassionate and effective legal assistance to those in need of protection from domestic violence.

A Domestic Violence Restraining Order (DVRO) is a crucial tool in safeguarding victims and preventing further abuse. Contact us at 949-585-9055 for help.

Understanding Domestic Violence Restraining Orders (DVROs)

A DVRO is a court order designed to protect individuals from abuse or threats of abuse by someone they have a close relationship with, such as a spouse, ex-spouse, cohabitant, or the other parent of their child. DVROs can mandate that the abuser stay away from the victim, cease contact, and avoid certain locations, providing a legal barrier against further harm.

Types of Restraining Orders

There are three primary types of restraining orders available to victims of domestic violence:

Emergency Protective Order (EPO)

  • Issued by Law Enforcement: An EPO can be requested by a law enforcement officer responding to a domestic violence incident.
  • Immediate Protection: This type of order provides immediate, short-term protection and typically lasts up to five days.
  • Purpose: EPOs are designed for urgent situations where there is an immediate threat of harm.

Temporary Restraining Order (TRO)

  • Issued by the Family Court: A TRO can be obtained by filing a request with the family court.
  • Short-Term Protection: TROs provide protection for up to 21 days, during which a hearing will be scheduled to determine the need for a permanent order.
  • Purpose: TROs offer temporary relief and protection until a more permanent solution can be arranged.

Permanent Restraining Order (PRO)

  • Issued by the Family Court After a Hearing: If the court finds sufficient evidence of ongoing or potential abuse, a PRO can be issued.
  • Long-Term Protection: PROs can last up to five years and can be renewed upon expiration.
  • Purpose: PROs provide long-term protection and stability for victims of domestic violence.

How We Can Help

Securing a DVRO involves navigating complex legal procedures and presenting compelling evidence to the court. At Law Office of Michael L. Fell, we have extensive experience in assisting clients through every step of this process, ensuring they receive the protection they need. Our services include:

  • Filing Paperwork: We help you prepare and file all necessary legal documents to request a DVRO.
  • Gathering Evidence: Collecting and presenting evidence, such as police reports, medical records, and witness statements, to support your case.
  • Court Representation: Representing you in court hearings, advocating for your safety and rights.
  • Ongoing Support: Providing continued legal support and advice to ensure compliance with the restraining order and address any violations.

Obtaining Temporary Support Orders

Victims of domestic violence often face financial challenges when leaving an abusive relationship. If you are divorcing your abuser, it may be possible to secure a temporary support order, providing the financial means to live independently. These temporary orders can remain in effect until a final divorce settlement is reached, ensuring your immediate financial needs are met.

Responding to False Allegations

If you have been falsely accused of domestic violence, it is essential to secure skilled legal representation to protect your rights and reputation. At Law Office of Michael L. Fell, we assist clients in challenging false allegations, presenting evidence, and ensuring that these accusations do not unjustly impact your family law case.

Contact Us for a Free Consultation

If you need assistance with domestic violence restraining orders or have questions about your legal options, contact Law Office of Michael L. Fell at 949-585-9055. We offer a free initial consultation to discuss your situation and explore how we can help protect you and your loved ones. Our dedicated team is committed to providing compassionate and effective legal support to ensure your safety and peace of mind.