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Mistakes to avoid when there is a protection order against you

On Behalf of | Dec 15, 2022 | Domestic Violence

It is not uncommon for a couple that lives together or ex-lovers to have disagreements. However, if those differences escalate to the point of violence or intolerable disturbances, the government can be involved. This is where orders of protection come in.

An order of protection is a serious legal sanction. If your spouse takes out an order of protection against you, it is in your best interests that you know what to do and the missteps to avoid. Here are two costly mistakes you need to avoid when there is an active order of protection against you.

Doing nothing

Sometimes, the protection order might be taken out against you by someone you are no longer in a relationship with, like an ex. In this case, you may be tempted to leave things as they are. After all, you don’t expect to see them again. However, this can be a huge mistake. A restraining order can impact various aspects of your life. For instance, if you share kids with your ex, and they are the primary custodians, then an order of protection can impact how you are going to see your children going forward. Still, a restraining order can impact your professional life.

Violating the protective order

Learning that you are a subject of a protective order can come as a surprise, especially if you believe you have done nothing wrong to warrant the order. In this case, you may be tempted to reach out to the protected party in an attempt to straighten things out. However, this is one of the worst mistakes you can ever make. Even if the allegations of violence or threats of violence against you are false, do not violate a court-sanctioned order of protection. You are better off waiting for your day in court so you can fight an unjustified order of protection legally.

Having a protective order taken out against you can make you feel like you are walking on a tightrope. Find out how you can safeguard your rights and interests while challenging a protective order.