Being a victim of violence or the threat of violence is terrifying, especially when within your own home. For those who are victims of domestic violence in Florida, seeking a domestic violence injunction may help to keep you safe. At the O’Mara Law Group, our Orlando injunctions lawyers provide support for clients seeking injunctions as well as navigating any other family law matters that may follow. Call us today to learn more.
What Is a Domestic Violence Injunction?
Also known as a restraining order or protective order, a domestic violence injunction is a court order that legally prohibits one person from making contact with another, including both in-person and digital communications. In addition to domestic violence injunctions, there are also injunctions available for:
The Hearing Process and Outcome
Once a petitioner files a petition for an injunction, the court may grant an emergency ex parte order, which can be ordered without a hearing and can be used to tell the alleged offender to stop engaging in acts of domestic violence, and can even be used to temporarily award the marital home to the petitioner and provide the petitioner with 100 percent custody of any shared children. Before an order can have any longer-term impacts, though, a hearing must take place. An outcome of the hearing can have a big impact on many things related to your injunction, including the use of the marital residence, custody of children, child support, and any other types of relief the court finds appropriate.
Who Can Apply for a Domestic Violence Injunction?
In order to apply for a domestic violence injunction, the petitioner and the defendant must have a “family or household member relationship,” as found in Florida Statutes Section 741.30(1)(a). A petition can be filed when a family or household member is a victim of domestic violence or has reasonable cause to believe that they are in imminent danger of becoming the victim of any act of domestic violence.
If you believe that you are at imminent risk of harm, you should find a safe place to stay immediately. Then, call our law firm for help beginning your petition for a domestic violence injunction.
How Our Law Firm Can Help
Taking action to stand up to someone who is abusing you can be terrifying, and even risky in some cases. At the law office of the O’Mara Law Group, our experienced team understands what you’re facing and how complex your situation is. When you choose our team, our lawyers can support you in navigating domestic violence resources, filing your petition for an injunction, securing an ex parte order, preparing for a domestic violence injunction hearing, and more. We can also help you if you decide to take other steps related to your family law case, such as filing for a divorce.
To learn more about the O’Mara Law Group, please call our lawyers directly today or send us a message requesting information. We keep your information confidential.
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