Facing A Restraining Order? Make Sure You Know How It Will Impact Your Family Situation
If you’re facing a restraining order, it’s imperative that you’re kept up to date on its terms and conditions to keep the disruption to your life to the minimum, until a more permanent resolution is found. Even unknowingly, violating it can delay or complicate matters, especially when you’re co-parenting a child with the person who has issued a restraining order against you. Here’s what you need to know about the restraining order process and its impact in your children’s lives.
Generally speaking, there are two types of restraining orders:Violence restraining orders and misconduct orders. These can be made by the person seeking protection, a police officer or a guardian. Certain restraining orders are temporary, while others are permanent and come into effect when you’re served the documents (or at date stated on the order).
A restraining order will detail actions you can and can’t do. This could include everything from texting the person to entering the property where they’re currently residing. It’s in your best interest to comply with these terms to the best of your ability, no matter how unfair you believe them to be. Remember that a restraining order will only appear on your criminal record if you breach it.
Most restraining orders in family situations will provide clear information on how the parenting or family situation will be handled going forward. Your first priority should be to enlist the services of a family lawyer to make sure you remain compliant. The order could require you to leave the home you share with your family, prevent you from returning, in addition to ceasing contact with them. If you’re unhappy with the order’s conditions of contact and living arrangements, you can raise this in court through a family court order. A family lawyer will be able to assist you with the fine print and negotiateany court arrangements.
By enlisting the services of a family lawyer, you’re more likely to resolve the order in a satisfactory manner, and with minimum disruption to your family and their wellbeing. Following the terms and conditions of your court order and following your lawyer’s trusted advice means you’re more likely to find a way forward that works for everyone, and most importantly, your children.