This is the first post in a series which will discuss obtaining or defending against Temporary Protective Orders in Orange County, California. We feel it is necessary for us to write on this topic as many area residents are unsure of what to expect from the TPO process and how such matters impact family law cases involving divorce or child custody. The goal of this series will be to provide information which will assist those who are applying for a TPO as well as those who are defending themselves against allegations of violence or harassment. If you require legal assistance then contact our office today to speak with a family law attorney.
We will be addressing several topics over our coming articles. Issues which we will analyze include:
- The requirements and process for obtaining a TPO
- How the issuance of a TPO impacts child custody proceedings
- Why people sometimes file false TPO applications in child custody matters
- Challenging the issuance of a TPO
It is important for Orange County residents to understand these issues. One cannot obtain a protective order by simply asking for it. They must show the Court evidence of violence, stalking, harassment, or that such conduct is likely in the future. Second, the issuance of a TPO can have a major impact in custody proceedings as Judges must consider the child’s safety. Third, parents sometimes make false allegations in an effort to gain an advantage in custody or divorce proceedings. Finally, many make the mistake of thinking that they have no options once they have been served with a Protective Order. The fact of the matter is that there are options for fighting the situation.
If you are in a family law situation which involves a potential Protective Order then it is important that you have legal representation. An experienced attorney can help you to understand your rights during such a situation and your options for proceeding. Our Orange County family law attorneys have extensive experience in handling such matters and they are ready to assist you. Contact us today to schedule an initial consultation. We also service Aliso Viejo, Anaheim, Buena Park, Costa Mesa, Dana Point, Fountain Valley, Fullerton, Garden Grove, Huntington Beach, Irvine, La Habra, Ladera Ranch, Laguna Beach, Laguna Hills, Laguna Niguel, Lake Forest, Mission Viejo, Newport Beach, Orange, Placentia, Rancho Santa Margarita, San Clemente, San Juan Capistrano, Santa Ana, Tustin, Westminster, and Yorba Linda.