In matters of domestic violence, step one is to obtain a restraining order, also called a temporary injunction or ex parte order. In contrast to most legal matters, in which both parties must appear before a Judge, issues related to domestic violence may involve a Judge who reviews just one party affidavit, and the court may issue an ex parte order mandating that the abuser stay away.
If you are served with a notice of a domestic violence injunction, you should be aware that you are entitled to a hearing within two weeks of the notice served. It is critical to be presented by experienced counsel, because failure to appear in court can result in significant loss of rights, including:
A domestic violence injunction can be requested by parents or by a parent on behalf of a minor child.
Your rights are severely affected when you are served with a temporary restraining order. Even if the domestic violence accusations against you are false, your rights can be impacted if you fail to take immediate steps to protect your rights.
An experienced lawyer by your side at your hearing can help defend your rights. With more than 30 years of experience in family law, attorney Jennifer Byrom can help you prepare for your hearing, at which your parenting time, custody, support and visitation will be determined.
In the Florida Panhandle area, including Pensacola, Milton and Gulf Breeze, call the Byrom Law Firm at 850-898-0340 or contact us online.