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What is an order of protection?

Orders of protection are issued by a court of law for the purpose of protecting an individual from being harmed by another due to acts of violence, abuse, harassment or verbal threats. They are often issued in matters involving domestic violence to keep children, spouses, significant others, cohabiting partners and family members safe, and to prevent further harm.

A protective order may be sought from the court if an individual is being threatened, abused, or harassed by another. The person filing for the order is the "petitioner". The person who the order is filed against and must abide by the terms of the order is the "respondent".

If you or a loved one is in an abusive situation, it is imperative that you contact a New York City divorce attorney right away. For over two decades we have helped women, men and children whose safety and lives have been in danger by filing orders of protection on their behalf. If you have been falsely accused of child abuse or of domestic violence as part of a divorce action, we are here to advocate for your legal rights.

Types of Orders of Protection

The two kinds of protective orders are a "stay away" order and a "refrain-from" order. If a "stay-away" order is granted, the respondent must stay away from the petitioner at a distance that is set by the court and away from his/her home, workplace or family. The "refrain from" order makes it unlawful for the respondent to harass, threaten or abuse the petitioner. If this is not done, there will be legal consequences.

Searching for an attorney for an order of protection in New York City? If you need to file an order of protection on another or if you know that you will be facing a protective order, please set up a consultation with Law Office of Vivien I. Stark. We have years of expertise helping clients obtain protection from the courts when their lives are in danger, or when false charges have been leveled against them.

Contact a NYC divorce attorney for sound legal advice about your order of protection matter.

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