Orders of Protection in Georgia
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For families victimized by domestic violence or
family violence in the home, temporary protective orders (TPO) can be filed to provide
protection. TPO will force the abuser to maintain a certain distance or
cease all contact with you, your children, and others living in the home. All
families have the right to seek protection from the court for domestic violence.
What Are the First Steps to Get a TPO?
If you are the one petitioning the courts, you would need to show that
the abuser is threatening the livelihood and safety of you and your children.
The abuser may be causing immediate and irreparable harm to you and your
family. Abusers can take any form—other relatives, a family friend
living in the home, and even a current spouse are some examples. You do
not need to be married to file TPO.
These are the steps to issuing a TPO:
- There is recent or a history of family violence.
- The petitioner has filed for the TPO formally with the courts.
- The petitioner has spoken with the judge.
- The paperwork is filed with the clerk’s office.
- A sheriff or court process server will serve the defendant the order.
- The defendant can be held in contempt of court for refusing to comply.
Before beginning, we urge you to consult first with a Marietta family lawyer
to ensure that all of the steps are taken care of promptly. Whenever you
are dealing with the courts, there are very strict deadlines that you
have to follow.
The Manely Firm, P.C. can assist you by staying on top of those deadlines and ensure that your
case is given due consideration.
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As Marietta family law attorneys, we are
one of the top-rated firms in Georgia. We are proud to help out families in our community, to help ensure their
livelihood is well taken care of and protected. We offer legal services
in multiple languages.
We urge you to
contact us today if you need assistance with filing protective orders.