According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, domestic violence is an epidemic affecting individuals in every community, regardless of age, economic status, sexual orientation, gender, race, religion, or nationality If you are or have been involved in an abusive relationship, you must act quickly to protect your rights and ensure your safety as well as the mental and physical safety of your children.
One way to do so is to seek the protections of a restraining order with a domestic violence attorney in Palm Beach Florida. A domestic violence attorney in Palm Beach Florida will be able to help you get protection through the legal system. When you meet with a domestic violence attorney, as difficult as it may be, you must tell your attorney the details of the abuse. You should bring with you any pictures you may have evidencing physical injuries or damage to personal property. You should tell your attorney what type of abuse has occurred, when the abuse happened, whether there were witnesses, and how long it has been happening. These facts will help your domestic violence attorney create stronger arguments in support of your restraining order.
To file for the protections of a temporary restraining order, the person against whom protection is sought does not need to be notified initially. A judge on duty will review your petition and if you allege facts sufficient to establish that you have been the victim of domestic violence and are in fear of imminent harm, a temporary restraining order may be granted without a court hearing. If the temporary restraining order is granted, it will be effective only until a court hearing has been held in the case. At this hearing, the judge will hear your testimony as well as the testimony of any witnesses, the testimony of the abuser and view any physical evidence you may have to decide whether or not the restraining order should remain in place and if so, for how long. The judge may expand the restraining order to protect minor children if the facts warrant it.
If the restraining order is granted, you should keep a copy of it with you at all times. Notify your friends, family, and neighbors as to the terms of the restraining order. If you receive word that this individual is around your residence or place of employment, call 911 immediately.