Suffering through domestic abuse and then going through the process of getting out of an abusive relationship is undeniably draining. One way to ensure you’ve done everything within your power to end and abusive relationship is to have a protective order filed.
A protective order is a court document that serves two primary functions. First, it creates a record of your abuse at the hands of the specific person it is filed against. This record is recognized nationwide, meaning a protective order will be valid if you choose to move away. More importantly, a protective order will prohibit the person you file it against from communicating with you, being close by, threatening, or harming you. It can also force him or her to pay child or spousal support, if applicable.
While a protective order is a legal document that explicitly states a person should leave you alone, the individual it is filed against may not always honor it. If a person violates a protective order, he or she may face criminal charges, but that may not always be a enough of a deterrent. If you file a restraining order, be sure to stay vigilant, just in case your abuser chooses to break the terms of the document.
If you’re the victim of domestic abuse, a protective order may be able to help you protect yourself and your children from an abusive ex spouse or family member.
Presently, about fifty percent of marriages in America end in divorce. Even though it has become commonplace to file for divorce, most people going through it can still be confused about its proceedings and how it works. If you or someone you know is going through a divorce, or planning to get one, it is advisable to consult divorce lawyers in order to understand how it works and how you can reach terms of settlement which will be agreeable to both parties.
There are generally two types of divorce, uncontested divorce and contested divorce. Uncontested divorce is the type where both spouses have agreed on almost all settlements such as alimony, child custody and support, division of property and debts, and any other issues which may arise. They both consent to getting a divorce and are willing to work together to settle anything regarding the dissolution of their marriage. For many, uncontested divorce is desirable because it allows them to avoid going to court and paying higher legal fees.
The other common type of divorce is contested divorce. As the name suggests, contested divorce occurs when one of the spouses does not agree to the divorce or they may not agree on certain aspects of their divorce settlement. Most of the time, contested divorce occurs because of disputes in divorce agreements, which is why it is best to have divorce lawyers present to give advice and legal counsel to avoid further complications and reach an agreeable settlement.
Because there are disagreements in certain aspects of the divorce, a contested divorce can take longer and cost more than an uncontested one. For this reason, it is particularly important that the parties engaged in contested divorce proceedings have appropriate legal representation in order to resolve their differences as quickly and equitably as possible.