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Dealing with a protection order during divorce

Unfortunately it's not unusual for an angry spouse to seek a protection order against her spouse to get the upper hand in a divorce proceeding. It can make life a lot more complicated.

Learn more about how to deal with a domestic violence protection order.

Don't I have a chance to defend myself?

In Florida, your spouse can obtain a temporary protection order against you based solely on her testimony. As a result, these orders can be abused.

Before the temporary protection order can become permanent, however, you would have a chance to present your side at a hearing before a judge. You should have a lawyer represent you at this hearing. The hearing would typically take place within two weeks.

What if I just talked with my spouse about it?

Your protection order may bar any type of contact with your spouse. If you violate the order, you could be arrested and charged with a crime.

What are the consequences of a protection order?

A protection order can affect you in many ways:

· You may be forced to move out of your home.

· You may have to stay at least 500 feet away from your spouse.

· The accusation of domestic violence can affect divorce issues such as marital property division, who stays in the marital home, alimony and child custody.

· You may be barred from possessing guns or ammunition.

· A protection order can affect your employment.

To protect your reputation and your future, it's important to seek the help of an experienced attorney if you are accused of domestic violence or are subject to a protection order.

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