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Things You Need to Know About Restraining Orders in California

Restraining orders in California are a tool to protect yourself from the recurrence of acts of abuse by an abuser. Family law is complex and understanding its different areas can be overwhelming.

Keep reading to understand more about restraining orders in California.

What Is a Restraining Order?

Restraining orders are also called protective orders and are issued by family law judges in California. The purpose of a restraining order is to protect you from someone who has been threatening or physically hurting you or not respecting your privacy. If you have been threatened or hurt by someone recently, getting help immediately is essential.  These orders are commonly issued during family law proceedings to help families avoid high conflict and de-escalate scary or tense situations.

The person getting the restraining order is called the protected person, and the person against whom the restraining order is issued is called the restrained person.

Our law office assists with these types of Restraining Orders

Domestic Violence Restraining Order

A domestic violence restraining order is used to help protect individuals from domestic violence or abuse by someone with whom you have a close relationship. It can be issued against a current or former spouse, registered domestic partner (RDP), boyfriend/girlfriend, or any other relative, like a parent, child, brother, sister, grandmother, grandfather, or in-law.

Elder or Dependent Adult Abuse Restraining Order

An elder or dependant adult abuse restraining order is used when a person above the age of 65 years or a dependant adult  (with mental and physical disabilities) between the age of 18 – 64 years has been physically or financially abused or neglected by someone they trust and rely on for care and support. This restraining order can help prevent further abuse and harm to the elder or dependent adult by ordering their abuser not to contact them or come near them.

Civil Harassment Restraining Order

Civil harassment restraining order is used if you are harassed, stalked, or threatened by someone who is not that close to you. The abuser does not have to be a family member or live with you for you to obtain a Civil Harassment Restraining Order. The abuser may be an acquaintance, stranger, neighbor, or a distant family member who has been stalking you, making threats against you or your family members, or engaging in other intimidating behavior.

If you are experiencing any kind of threat or abuse, you must speak with an attorney as soon as possible so they can help guide you through this process and ensure your rights are protected during any legal action taken against your abuser.

Whether you want to file a restraining order or defend yourself against one, the attorneys at Broaden Law LLP have experience dealing with similar cases and can help you navigate your challenging times with their solution-oriented legal advice. Contact Us today for more details.



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