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How to Get a Restraining Order For a Violent Spouse
If you are dealing with a violent or dangerous spouse, you need to deal with it immediately. You simply can't wait around and hope for the best. Although many spouses can act like bullies when they are resentful or angry there is a very big difference between someone who says hurtful things and someone who is truly capable of hurting you. If you feel that you are in danger or your children are in danger, you need to take care of yourself and your family. You need to protect yourself and protect your family. And, a restraining order can very well provide you with the protection you need. But, you may be wondering how to go about obtaining a restraining order. Well,in this brief article, I'll show you how to get a restraining order for a violent spouse. So, without further adieu, let's get started.
Here's the steps you need to take:
Speak with Your Lawyer
If you have a lawyer, he or she needs to be the first person you go to. They can fill out the papers and take them to the judge in order to receive the restraining order. If you do not have a lawyer, you can still receive the restraining order. You can get the papers yourself from the clerk of superior court, domestic violence programs and you can even download forms online.
Sign the Papers
You will sign the papers before the clerk of court and you will go in front of the judge. If you are in immediate danger, the judge may sign an ex parte, which goes into effect as soon as he signs it and protects you from many different things. Your spouse will have to stay a certain distance away from you, he or she will be prevented from calling you or having any contact with you and you may even get temporary custody of your children. The papers will be served to your spouse in person by an officer of the law.
There is no cost to get a restraining order and there is no cost to have the restraining order served to your spouse. If your lawyer draws the papers up, you may have to pay him or her for that service.
You should really, really think about things if you are considering getting a restraining order. If your spouse is truly scary, violent and extremely dangerous you will be protecting yourself with a piece of paper. Sure, it works in most cases when the spouse is just being a difficult jerk but if he or she is truly dangerous, you may want to take other steps for protection. Install an alarm system, carry pepper spray, carry your cellular phone with you at all times, alert your child's school to the problems and let them know that you are the only one who can pick up your child and more. You may even want to stay with family until the problem is resolved.
Using the information above, you can protect yourself from your violent spouse with a restraining order and the other preventative steps.
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