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You can request a restraining order to prevent abuse

There is nothing worse to imagine than having to get a restraining order against your child's parent because he or she is dangerous to you and your children. In that kind of situation, it's important to know that you have a right to get a protection order, so you can be safe and keep your children out of harm's way.

Emergency protection orders can be issued if necessary. In these cases, one of the two people in the home will be ordered to leave when police arrive. Then, the home may have any guns there removed. A short-term order to protect the victim can be provided; this is normally given for a few days up to a week. After that, a longer-term protection order can be provided with evidence for the court.

Restraining orders can have a few different parts. For instance, one may have a provision for peaceful contact. This is when the abuser is allowed to peacefully communicate with the victim in limited circumstances, like if visitation is still ordered by the court. Another provision may be one called a "stay away" provision, which orders the abuser to stay a certain number of feet away from the home and victim. It may require the abuser to stay away from the victim's work, school and car as well. Usually, it's at least 300 feet when ordered.

These are just a few facts about protection orders. If you feel you need one or want to know more about protecting your children in custody situations, our website has more information you can browse.

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