Restraining Orders

Phoenix Restraining Order Attorneys

i-domestic-violenceThe prevention of domestic violence and stalking has been given greater emphasis in the law, with certain high-profile cases having received extensive news coverage. Along with sex offender registration and Amber alerts, restraining orders put the spotlight on dangerous people and seek to reduce violence.

The majority of restraining orders stem from actual abuse or threats, but many are simply ways to gain advantage in divorce or child custody disputes.

While the terms “orders of protection” and “injunctions against harassment” are often used interchangeably by the general public, they are actually quite different. Orders of protection are usually between family members, or people in dating relationships when one is alleged to have abused the other. Injunctions against harassment are typically between non-family members and do not require an act of violence.

Abusers find various ways to torment victims. Restraining orders restrict forms of contact, including phone, e-mail, text, letter, in person, and through a third party.

The filing of an order of protection or injunction against harassment can also immediately limit important rights, including:

  • The right to enter your home
  • The right to visit your children
  • Your rights regarding child custody and visitation in a future divorce action
  • Your right to possess firearms

If you have been served with a restraining order, you should know your rights and take action to avoid these consequences.

Phoenix Restraining Order Lawyers

Attorneys at Burns, Nickerson & Taylor have experience in creatively solving family law problems, and the determination to see each client fully realize their family law goals. We enjoy a reputation as attorneys who will take strong action on behalf of our clients. Contact a lawyer online or at 602-264-5555 today.