If you are going through the process of getting a divorce and your spouse is abusive, you may be wondering if you need an order of protection. An order of protection is a court order that can help keep you and your children safe from abuse or threats. Sadly, abusive relationships tend to escalate when the abuse victim tries to leave the relationship. An order of protection may require your spouse to vacate your home, leave you and your children alone, and cease contact with you.
What Is an Order of Protection?
An order of protection is a legal document issued by a judge that orders someone to stay away from another person or their family. The document includes specific instructions about what the other person must do (or not do) in order to comply with the court’s order. This could include staying away from the other person’s home or workplace, refraining from contacting them via phone or email, surrendering firearms, and more. Violating any of the protective order’s terms is a criminal offense. If the abuser violates the order of protection by contacting the victim, visiting a prohibited residence or workplace, or otherwise violating a provision in the order, he or she is subject to arrest.