Westminster Restraining Order Lawyer
The beginning of a divorce can be an extraordinarily stressful and emotionally wrought time for everyone involved. Tensions run high and sometimes one spouse may feel unsafe in their situation. In cases of domestic violence or other abuse, a restraining order (called “protection orders” in statute) may be necessary. The Westminster restraining order lawyers at Plog & Stein, P.C. take these matters very seriously.
We are ready to help Westminster clients obtain protection orders to safeguard them and their children against domestic violence and are also able to defend clients against wrongfully granted temporary restraining orders. Outside of the divorce setting, we also handle with county court protection order cases. Whether bringing or defending against a protection order, our attorneys recognize the significant safety and liberty implications which come with these types of matters.
What Westminster Protection Orders Mean for You
The stakes are always high when protection orders are filed. Sometimes, as both parties begin the process for a divorce, fear of the unknown causes individuals to lash out in ways they normally wouldn’t consider. Sometimes child custody, child support, visitation, property division, or modification of parenting rights cases become contentious and children need to be protected from physical or emotional harm. Even in cases outside of a divorce or custody battle, a restraining order may be necessary to keep an individual safe from threats, stalking, or abuse. No matter your circumstances, if you feel unsafe, contact a restraining order lawyer in Westminster who is experienced in filing for protection orders to assist you as soon as possible.
If you are defending against a restraining order, you have been served with legal documents letting you know that you will be required to come to court, on short notice, to defend against the allegations levied against you. In Colorado, restraining order hearings must take place within 14 days of the temporary order being issued. With little time to prepare, it’s important to have an experienced protection order attorney who knows what needs to be done in terms of both preparation and litigating the matter in from of the judge. Additionally, it’s vital that you do not violate the orders and that you quickly speak with an attorney regarding how best to proceed.
Often times, protection orders are filed listing one parent and the children as protected parties. At this point, an intricate interplay of various statutory sections comes to light. Whether in a divorce, custody, or stand-alone restraining order case, courts are going to proceed with cautious when it comes to making a temporary order permanent as relates to children. Permanent protection orders cannot be modified for several years. As such, keeping children listed as protected parties will likely only come in the most extreme circumstances, such as overt abuse or threats against them. However, statute does authorize temporary care and control provisions to run for up to 120 days, thereby giving both parents the opportunity to obtain more concrete custody orders. Each case is different and our attorneys are keenly aware of your options when it comes time to navigate the potentially murky waters of custody tied into a restraining order case.
For Immediate Help Contact a Restraining Order Attorney Serving Westminster Residents
If you are feeling threatened or unsafe, don’t delay in contacting a family law attorney in Westminster to file for a restraining order. If you have been served with a protection order, understand you will need to act quickly to defend against it. Plog & Stein, P.C. offers short-notice and emergency services to our clients in these situations and we have decades of experience in family law. Call us at 303-781-0322 or contact us online to set up an appointment with a Westminster restraining order attorney. Whether you need a team to help you file or to defend against an unjust order, we are here to give you the representation you need.