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South Florida Order of Protection Lawyer

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Experienced South Florida family lawyer Sean Sweeney has dealt with many cases of family law where an order of protection needs to be filed.  In cases of divorce and other types of family disputes, one or both parties involved can file for an order of protection.  Orders for protection are issued with the purpose of protecting people from domestic or family violence, stalking, or a sex offense. 

There are two kinds of Orders for Protection that can be issued and a family attorney can help you with both:

  • Ex-parte Orders for Protection are sometimes referred to as temporary orders and are issued without a hearing.  A person filing an Ex-parte order for protection does so alone, without the knowledge of the “abuser.”To receive an Ex-parte order for protection from court, you must prove that you, a family or household member, or your personal property are in immediate danger from the abuser. 
  • Orders for Protection (as opposed to Ex-parte orders for protection) are only issued after a court hearing where you and the abuser received a chance at telling your sides of the story.  Orders for Protection normally last for 2 years, unless a judge determines a different amount of time. 

South Florida Protection Order Attorney Sean Sweeney

Any victim can file for an order of protection or ex-parte order for protection against a family or household member who has committed violent acts against you or your children.  The following types of people are considered to be family or household members:

  • A current or former spouse.
  • Someone you are currently dating or dated in the past.
  • A person who is currently or previously engaged in a sexual relationship with you. 
  • A person who is related to you by blood or adoption.
  • A person who is related to you by marriage.
  • A guardian, custodian, foster parent, or any person who has an established legal relationship (past or present) with you. 

Whether you are the victim filing for an order of protection or if a protective order has been filed against you, a South Florida Family Law Attorney can provide you with skilled and experienced lawyer representation.  An order of protection is serious as it will determine where one person can physically go in relation to another, and can restrict the places a person visits, such as restaurants, stores, doctors offices, and other public or private properties. 

If you need legal assistance with an Order for Protection in Florida, contact a South Florida Family Law Attorney today!   

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