Protective / Restraining Orders
In most cases, a final protective order can be issued only when there is evidence of family violence has occurred and is likely to occur in the future. A temporary ex-parte protective order or a final protective order are similar in that they are used to protect a member of the family, household or dating relationship from family violence. Even pets can be protected via a protective order. A protective is usually not ordered for more than two years; however, a court can render an order for more than two years if there is evidence of family violence , (felony), serious bodily injury, and/or two or more previous protective orders.
Also available is the filing of a temporary restraining order for the preservation of the parties as necessary, including an order prohibiting the other party from threatening, harming or harassing the other party and protecting assets while a case is pending.