Situations involving partner abuse in Texas can understandably spark feelings of uncertainty and stress. However, if you are experiencing domestic violence, you do have options. One of these options may be to secure a protective order, also known as a restraining order.
A restraining order can be pursued in family court. However, family law courts are not the same thing as criminal law courts. In family court, a judge can issue temporary protective orders in the absence of the respondents — the parties reportedly posing a threat.
Restraining orders are not necessarily permanent solutions for those dealing with domestic abuse. However, they can offer you initial protection from a romantic partner who has been mistreating you, for example. If necessary, a permanent protective order can even be pursued to ensure your protection long term.
If you are a domestic violence victim in Texas and feel that you need a restraining order, an attorney can be immensely helpful. First, the attorney will examine your situation and let you know if pursuing this type of order is truly the best option, considering the circumstances. During this time, the attorney will listen earnestly to your version of events so that your story and feelings are fully understood. Then, the attorney can represent you at a protective order hearing if it is determined that obtaining an order is in your best interest. The attorney’s ultimate goal in this situation is to make sure that your rights are protected each step of the way during this difficult time.