Domestic Violence

Durham-Chapel Hill-Raleigh Family Law Firm

If there is physical violence or the threat of physical violence or harassment that leads to substantial emotional distress, it may be appropriate to seek a domestic violence protective order. In order to obtain a protective order there must be a family relationship between the parties (i.e., husband and wife; biological parents of a child together; domestic partners; siblings; parent and child; etc.). The purpose of the protective order is to require the perpetrator of domestic violence to stop his or her actions and stay away from the victim, even if you have a child together without a court order of visitation for you. While a domestic violence complaint is not a criminal complaint, a violation of a protective order is.

It is imperative that you have counsel that is experienced in prosecuting and defending these types of actions due to their special nature.

Did You Know?

If you obtain a domestic violence order of protection the court may grant you temporary, sole possession of the marital home.

Domestic violence orders do not only apply to married parties. They can also apply to parties in romantic relationships, roommates and other familial relationships.

There does not have to be physical violence to obtain a domestic violence protective order. If there is harassment leading to substantial emotions distress, the statute allows a protective order to be issued.

For more information: The team members of ELLIS FAMILY LAW, PLLC, will be happy to assist you through your simple or complex legal issues. Please contact us at 919-688-9400 to get more information and schedule a consultation today or fill out the contact form on this site.

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