Divorce is an emotional and painful experience, and one that, unfortunately, sometimes involves threats to the physical or emotional safety of divorcing parties or their children. When family violence or stalking arises, a petition for protective order may be filed with the Superior Court under the Procedures for Prevention of Family Violence Act.
Call Warner Bates at (770) 766-3770 for a consultation with our legal team. We are here to provide legal counsel and support for you during this time.
File a petition under the Procedures for Prevention of Family Violence Act. Such a petition may result in an ex parte protective order that sets forth strict limitations of the contact allowed between the parties and schedules a hearing date, at which the petitioner may request a 12-month protective order or a three-year permanent protective order. Mutual protective orders may be filed at the request of the parties or by order of the court.
In each case, protective orders apply in every county throughout the state of Georgia and law enforcement officials are obligated to enforce and carry out the provisions of the order.
It is crucial that the attorneys handling protection orders have an understanding of the evolution of the law in respect to family violence and are able to execute these orders rapidly, to ensure immediate safety and enforceable orders. Representing both plaintiffs and defendants, Warner Bates has many years of experience utilizing protective orders to ensure our clients' safety and security.
No one should live with family violence, and protective orders provide a clear way of shielding individuals of all ages from this serious threat. If you feel unsafe, have concern about the safety of your children, or if a protective order has been filed against you, please contact the firm immediately for knowledgeable, experienced assistance.
Our Atlanta family attorneys are standing by to help you. Reach us at (770) 766-3770.