How to Get a Protective Order: A Step-by-step Guide

When it comes to protecting yourself from domestic violence, seeking a protective order can be an important step toward ensuring your safety and well-being. Many individuals often wonder whether they need an attorney to obtain a protective order.

In this blog post, we will provide you with a comprehensive guide on obtaining a protective order and addressing any concerns you may have about legal representation. We aim to empower you with the knowledge to navigate this process confidently and secure the protection you deserve.

Getting Support From Local Domestic Violence Units

If you find yourself in a situation where you need to seek a protective order, knowing that you are not alone is essential. Most courts have specialized units or wings dedicated to helping victims of domestic violence. These units, such as Domestic Violence Units or Families in Transition Units, are designed to provide support and guidance throughout the process.

To obtain a protective order, it is crucial to reach out to the center or unit assigned to domestic violence cases in your area. These professionals will support you and ensure you have the necessary resources to move forward.

They will help you:

  • Complete the required paperwork
  • Prepare your testimony
  • Compile your evidence
  • Present your case to the judge

They can guide you through each step, ensuring you understand the process and your rights.

Preparing for Your Protection Order Hearings

When preparing for your protection order hearings, it is crucial to gather all necessary evidence that supports your claims of abuse or harassment. This may include text messages, emails, photographs, or eyewitness testimonies.

The First Hearing

When you are ready to present your case before a judge, the center staff will accompany you to the courtroom. If the hearing is being held via Zoom, you will receive instructions prior to the hearing. During the first hearing, the judge will carefully consider your situation and the evidence you present. If the judge believes that you are in immediate danger, they may grant what is known as an ex parte (one side) order. This order provides you with immediate protection until the second hearing.

The Second Hearing

While the first part of obtaining a protective order can be done without an attorney, it is important to consider seeking legal representation for the second hearing. During this hearing, the other party will be present and may be accompanied by legal counsel, which may feel overwhelming.

Having a family law attorney by your side during the second hearing can provide you with a sense of support and reassurance. They will understand the legal complexities involved and will work diligently to protect your rights and safety. Your attorney will help you present your case confidently, ensuring that your voice is heard and that the judge understands the gravity of the situation.

Contact Edwards Family Law for Help Getting a Protective Order

If you have obtained a protective order and find yourself in need of legal assistance for the second hearing, it is advisable to reach out to an attorney at Edwards Family Law. Our team will advocate and guide you through the process.

Your safety and well-being are of the utmost importance. Contact us today to schedule a consultation, and let us provide you with the support you need to navigate this challenging time.

Author Bio

Regina Edwards is the Owner and Managing Attorney of Edwards Family Law, an Atlanta family law and estate planning law firm she founded in 2005. With more than 21 years of experience practicing law, she is dedicated to representing clients in a wide range of legal matters, including divorce, child custody, child support, legitimation, wills, trusts, probate, and Medicaid planning.

Regina received her Juris Doctor from the Tulane School of Law and is a member of the State Bar of Georgia and the Atlanta Bar Association. She has received numerous accolades for her work, including being named a Rising Star by Super Lawyers for six years, as well as being named among the Pro Bono All Stars by the Georgia Bar Journal in 2019.

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