Orders of Protection in New York

Protecting Victims of Domestic Violence

If you are being abused or fear contact with an abuser in your life, you will need an order of protection, which is also known as a restraining order. At the Rubenfeld Law Firm, we are here to protect your rights and your children from domestic violence that is committed by an individual within your household, a family member, or ex-spouse or ex-partner. For more than 25 years, we have been providing our clients with the guidance they required. Consult us today to find out how a Long Island family law attorney from our firm can help you.

What is an "order of protection?"

An order of protection is provided by a court that orders an abuser to cease all violent or abusive actions toward you or your children. Some of the common actions that an order of protection can guard against include:

  • Threats
  • Intimidation
  • Harassment
  • Stalking

Any domestic physical, emotional, or sexual abuse must cease or further legal action can be taken. An order of protection can also include a "stay away" order. That order prohibits the abuser from contacting you at your home, school, or work. Orders of protection can be sought through either the family or criminal court.

Our Long Island Divorce Lawyer Can Help

Are you in immediate danger of the abuser? Temporary order of protections can be issued almost immediately to protect against domestic violence. A court hearing will then take place, during which the judge listens to evidence and determines whether to issue a permanent order of protection. Orders are issued for periods of two years unless aggravating circumstances are present, in which case the order can be increased to five years. Aggravating factors can include the use of a weapon, repeated violations or a prior criminal conviction. We ask you to schedule a free case evaluation with our Long Island divorce attorney to discuss what action can be taken to protect your family. Contact our firm today for legal assistance from our attorney. We can provide you with the counsel and guidance you need.

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