Atlanta Restraining Order Attorneys

Protection Is Available for You & Your Family

If you or your children find yourselves faced with domestic violence, you need protection. Often, victims are plagued with fear, misguided guilt, and sadness. If this is the case, you are not alone. There is help for you through the courts and law enforcement.

Depending on the circumstances of your case, your court-assigned protective order can:

  • Restrict the offender from physical proximity to you and to specific locations
  • Restrain the offender from committing further acts of harassment
  • Award temporary child custody to the petitioner
  • In some situations, grant temporary financial aid to the petitioner
  • Provide temporary housing to the petitioner and their kids if needed

Talk with an experienced Atlanta family law attorney to evaluate obtaining a protective order.

How Do I Get a Restraining Order in Georgia?

If you feel that you are a victim of abuse or violence, you must be able to show the court that a restraining order is necessary to prevent further harm. However, a judge may issue a temporary order immediately if it's a domestic violence case. Typically, there must be a hearing with the offending party, the petitioner, and a judge for a protective order to be assigned. However, in emergency cases, the judge may assign an ex parte order that is immediately effective, though temporary. After that, a hearing can be scheduled for a longer-lasting protective order.

How Long Does a Restraining Order Last in Georgia?

A restraining order that has been held up in court may last up to a year. This can be extended to three years later on, which is labeled as a "permanent" order.

What is the Difference Between a TPO and a Restraining Order?

There are two separate types of orders designed to protect you in a case of family violence.

A temporary ex parte order will help protect you from the abuser until a hearing is held in court. Before the order becomes long-term, a hearing in court must take place. Temporary orders can be issued without the abuser's knowledge; this is done mostly for the safety of those harmed.

A family violence protective order may be issued after an official court hearing, in which both parties have the opportunity to say their opposing sides of the story. If the order is approved, it can last up to a year, and may be further extended to three.

Experienced & Compassionate Lawyers Here to Help

At Connell & Cummings, our Atlanta family lawyers have almost 30 years of experience guiding families in similar situations to protection. We offer personalized, attentive, and compassionate legal counsel through this difficult time.

Give us a call at (678) 616-2263 and put an end to the violence.

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