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Could a restraining order have purpose in your divorce?

Many people find themselves in relationships that turn dangerous. Domestic violence and other forms of abuse may affect you or someone you know, and as a result, filing for divorce may seem like the only option of keeping yourself safe from your spouse. However, you may worry about what type of repercussions the decision may cause.

If you fear your spouse and hope to gain some protection during divorce proceedings, you may have reason to file for a temporary restraining order. While this order could potentially increase your safety, you may need to understand certain information before filing for a protective order.

Uses of a restraining order

Your situation can heavily influence the conditions of the restraining order. For instance, if your spouse has a history of attacking, stalking, persistently calling or carrying out other negative actions against you, your restraining order may have a no-contact provision. This type of condition means that your spouse should not have contact with you. Other types of provisions include:

  • Peaceful contact: This type of condition means that your spouse could contact you, but any type of distressing actions or behavior is prohibited.
  • Stay-away provision: When your restraining order has a stay-away provision, this means that you and your spouse cannot come within a certain distance of each other. In some cases, this type of provision may mean that you or your spouse will have to leave your place of residence if you both live there.

Additionally, having a restraining order filed against him or her may mean that your spouse has restricted access to firearms. Other conditions may also apply, such as mandatory therapy.

Restraining order enforcement

Because restraining orders are legally binding documents, your spouse should adhere to the conditions stipulated in the order. Of course, some individuals may not take such orders seriously and could potentially violate the terms. In such cases, you may wish to contact police. Additionally, violations of a current order may result in additional stipulations.

Restraining orders and divorce

When going through divorce, a temporary restraining order may help you feel safer and more willing to move forward with the proceedings. Being the victim of domestic violence can cause considerable issues, and you certainly want to ensure your safety during your transition to a better situation. Information on dealing with domestic violence, divorce and restraining orders may help you feel more at ease.

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