In 2018, Georgia law enforcement responded to 44,900 family violence calls, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. Such situations can complicate things when a family is in court for custody issues or a divorce.
These scenarios often involve a temporary protective order. This can complicate a legal situation.
Understanding temporary protective orders
Temporary protective orders come from the court and help to protect one party from harm or harassment by another party. They are common in cases of domestic violence.
Navigating family law matters with a TPO
A TPO is a legally binding order, and it is essential everyone abides by its terms. This typically means refraining from any contact with the protected party, whether in person, by phone or through third parties. If you need to communicate with the other party regarding family law matters, do so through your legal representatives. Both parties should keep detailed records of any communication, incidents or interactions related to the family law matter.
If child custody or visitation is a concern, the court may address these issues separately from the TPO. The judge will work to find a solution that prioritizes the child’s best interests.
Modifying or lifting the TPO
If either party believes the TPO is no longer necessary or wants a modification, they can request a hearing. They will need to provide evidence and a compelling argument for the modification or lifting of the order.
Navigating family law matters when a temporary restraining order is in place can be challenging, but both parties must prioritize compliance with the TPO. Only the court can make changes or grant permissions that could go against the order.