Unfortunately, one of the major problems that plague New York State is the issue of domestic violence. Like many other states, if an individual accuses someone of domestic abuse, the court system will take a “better safe than sorry” approach and issue a temporary restraining order. An order of protection can provide a victim with protection from the following forms of abuse and abusive behaviors:
- Physical violence
- Emotional persecution
- Sexual abuse and exploitation
- Psychological abuse
When the court issues an Order of Protection, the abusive party is required to:
- Stay away from the party who requested the order and their children
- Leave the home that is shared by the abusive party and the victim
- Follow all child custody and child support orders
- Relinquish all firearms, including handguns, rifles, and shotguns (if a party has previously been convicted of domestic violence, they will not be able to possess any firearms again in New York State)
Victims of domestic violence may choose to seek either civil penalties through family court or press charges in criminal court. In addition, if a couple is getting divorced through the New York State Supreme Court, an Order of Protection can be included in the divorce process.
If you need assistance obtaining protection from an abusive party in your life, please contact our firm today so we can help you and your family find a safe conclusion to a dangerous situation.
Our firm proudly serves clients throughout Rockland County, New York when they require compassionate and effective legal guidance. If you require experienced legal representation for any of your divorce and family law matters, contact the Law Offices of Mark S. Paige, P.C. today to schedule a consultation.