Protective Orders



While going through your divorce or starting your divorce, have you come to the realization that you might need a protective order? Houston Divorce Now is here to give you the information you need to learn more about protective orders and how to get the help you need.

Restraining Order VS Protective Order

Believe it or not, restraining orders and protective orders are a little different. Restraining orders instruct a person to not do a certain activity, while protective orders are for when violence has occurred and the victim needs protection. In many cases, a protective order is needed when getting a divorce from an abuser. For the most effective shot at receiving a protective order, contact our staff today.



What do I Need for a Protective Order?

As discussed in Can a Protective Order Help You, there are different types of protective orders. Because of this, different protective orders need different evidence. For example, family violence protective orders are given when you are able to show that violence has occurred and most likely will occur again. Here are some tips for having evidence:

  • Call the police when something happens

  • Apply for a protective order ASAP so the judge knows immediate danger has not passed

  • Save documents of abuse like photographing injuries and saving threatening text messages, voicemails, and emails.

So you know what you need, but how long does it take to receive a protective order? When it comes to protective orders, it takes about 2 weeks. The judge decides if you should have the protective order, how long it should last, and who all it covers. As we discussed earlier, there are different types of protective orders. The best way to make sure you get a protective order is to have a trusted lawyer on your side.

How long will the Order Last?

Depending on the type of the abuse for a protective order, it can last anywhere from two years to life. Factors that go into the duration of time the protective order covers include:

  • Past violence

  • Arrest

  • Future Violence

  • Children

  • Seriousness of the Violence

Let’s say someone has a protect order against them and they break it. What happens? The abuser can be arrested and even charged with a crime. Protective orders are here to protect you and your livelihood. Make sure you have the right lawyer on your side to help your case today.

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