GEORGIA FAMILY VIOLENCE
What is a protective order?
If you are being abused and are the victim of family violence, Attorney Sharon Jackson LLC can you go to court to try and obtain a protective order. A protective order is also called a temporary protective order, commonly referred to as a TPO or restraining order.
The purpose of the TPO is to keep the abuser away from you by setting limits on where the abuser can go, keeping him or her away from you, your home and your job. The protective order usually prohibits the perpetrator from contacting you by phone, email, in person or through third parties.
What is family violence or domestic violence?
- Criminal damage to your property
- Criminal trespass
- Physical violence – hitting, kicking, pushing, slapping
- Threats of violence
- Unwanted touching
- Other felonies
How do I file a restraining order?
The victim must complete an application. The request for protection must be filed in the county where the abuser resides. The family violence generally has to occur within the last 30 days.
Do You Need a Family Lawyer in GA?
While we are happy to help you, you are not required to have a lawyer to do this. Please do not let the fear of not being able to afford an attorney prevent you from getting help. The application is available from the court and there is no application fee. In some cases, the court may require the abuser to pay for your costs and attorney fees.
Our firm can help you determine what type of order to file, understand the factors the court will consider, and make recommendations on what steps you need to take after the order has been issued or denied.
If children are involved, you need a lawyer to help safeguard your parental rights and help protect the best interest of your child while decisions are being made regarding temporary custody and visitation. Also, if you are seeking financial support from the abuser or plan to divorce or legally separate from the abuser, we highly recommend that you call us for a consultation.