Orders of Protection in New York
Do you need an order of protection, otherwise known as a restraining order, to protect you and your children from the violent or harassing behavior of a spouse, ex-spouse, domestic partner, or person you have lived with, had a child with, or dated? If you are located in Long Island, New York, we strongly urge you to contact our firm to arrange to see a divorce lawyer who can provide experienced and competent legal help in protecting both you and your children. Our firm has been helping individuals and families with family law matters since 1960 and have the experience and knowledge needed to fully assist you.
What is an order of protection?
An order of protection is issued by a court which orders an abuser to immediately stop any violent or abusive behavior towards you and your children, including threats, intimidation, harassment, stalking, and physical, emotional, and sexual harm. This order can also include a "stay-away" order, prohibiting the abuser from contacting you or your children at work, home, or school and stopping communication of all kinds between you and the abuser. Orders of protection can be obtained through a family court as well as a criminal court.
A temporary order of protection can be issued if you are in immediate danger. This will protect you until a court hearing where the judge will hear evidence and decide whether to issue a permanent order of protection. Generally, these orders are issued for 2 years though under aggravating circumstances they may be issued for a period of up to 5 years. Aggravating circumstances may include physical injury, the use of a weapon, repeated violations of earlier orders of protection, or prior criminal convictions on the part of the abuser. For legal assistance in obtaining an order of protection, you must consult with an attorney at the firm who will provide the guidance and counsel you need.