Victims of domestic violence in Washington State have the right to ask the court for a restraining order to deter any contact with an alleged abuser. At Cohen Family Law, LLC, our restraining order lawyers help domestic violence victims seek protection as well as assist those who have been falsely accused and have had a restraining order placed against them. Call (360) 953-5000 or send us an email to schedule a free consultation and learn how we can help you.
Why Our Restraining Order Attorneys Are Right for You
Our team has over two decades of combined experience in all areas of family law and knows what it takes to be successful.
We will make sure you understand all of the nuances, aspects, and options of your case.
We are dedicated to advocating for clients and will be aggressive as needed for your interests in court.
Why Do You Need a Restraining Order Lawyer?
Whatever your situation or circumstances, representing yourself in these critical hearings is a considerable risk. Family law is complex, and it takes an intimate knowledge of the applicable laws and experience navigating local courts to get the best possible result in your case. When you have a knowledgeable restraining order attorney on your side experienced in restraining order cases, you can rest assured that your legal rights will be protected.
What Are Restraining Orders?
A restraining order is a broad type of court order often filed as part of family law cases such as child custody, paternity, or divorce. There are different types of restraining orders, but the most common one is filed to prevent a person from disturbing another’s peace. That can include ordering a person to stay a certain distance away from someone, their marital residence, and their children until the case is heard in court.
If the situation involves domestic violence, the victim has the right to obtain a Domestic Violence Protection Order. This order goes beyond the restraining order by prohibiting the abusive spouse or domestic partner from having any contact with the victim whatsoever, including through third parties.
Another type of order, known as a financial restraining order is common in divorce or legal separation actions. They freeze most of the marital assets and are typically filed when a spouse believes the other is acting irresponsibly with their community property.
Defense Against Restraining Orders
Once a temporary restraining order (TRO) has been served, there is little that the defendant (accused party) can do until the permanent hearing. A TRO typically lasts up to 14 days. If the defendant wants to contest all or parts of the restraining order, it is in their best interests to appear in court and argue their case. Not showing up to court can lead to a permanent protection order being entered, which can have long-term consequences. For example, limitations on child visitation and being prohibited from living in the family home. Permanent protection orders also show up on background checks and prevent a defendant’s ability to find housing or employment. Any person who violates a restraining order may face fines, jail time, or both.
Speak to a Restraining Order Attorney for Help
Our Washington restraining order attorneys at Cohen Family Law, LLC have extensive experience helping clients successfully file restraining orders and dispute unjust protection orders. We offer free consultations; call (360) 953-5000 or contact us online today.