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Chappaqua, NY Order of Protection Lawyers

Chappaqua NY order of protection attorney

Attorneys in Westchester County Protecting Clients Against Domestic Violence

You may have heard the term "restraining order" before and wondered how it may apply to a situation in which domestic violence is alleged. The New York court system, however, refers to such orders as "orders of protection" and uses them to limit contact between a perpetrator of violent or harassing acts and his or her victim. At Grimes & Zimet, we are fully aware of the seriousness of domestic violence allegations, and we are prepared to help victims young and old get the protection they need and deserve.

Tarrytown Lawyers Helping Domestic Violence Victims

Orders of protection can be requested in three different venues in New York, depending upon the nature of the case. They can be filed in Family Court, as part of a Family Offense proceeding, in criminal court if the perpetrator has been charged with a crime, or with the Supreme Court as part of ongoing divorce proceedings.

In Family Court, there is no requirement that the perpetrator be charged with any illegal activity. However, the petitioner and respondent must be:

  • Currently or formerly married to each other;
  • Current or former romantic partners;
  • Coparents of a child; or
  • Related by blood or marriage.

In most cases, an order of protection will be issued immediately upon filing of your Family Offense. The respondent, or alleged perpetrator, may be required to avoid contact with you altogether, or have contact limited to non-harassing or violent behavior. Full orders of protection, which prohibit all contact, may be somewhat limited in certain situations, such as shared parenting arrangements. Based on the outcome of the Family Offense proceedings, the order of protection may become permanent, enforceable for up to five years in extreme situations.

Order of Protection Enforcement in New York

At Grimes & Zimet, our attorneys are also equipped to help you enforce existing orders of protection. If a family member has been ordered to avoid contact with you and refuses to comply, we can assist you in petitioning the court to take action. The abuser could face sanctions and penalties, including arrest, and ongoing family law concerns can certainly be affected. Our compassionate team understands how difficult it can be to deal with violent and harassing behavior, and we will do whatever is necessary to help protect you and your children.

For more information about orders of protection and Family Offense proceedings, contact us today. We invite you to meet with one of our hardworking family law attorneys so that you can ask questions and work through your available options. With offices in Chappaqua and New York City, we are proud to protect the rights of domestic violence victims throughout the area. Call 914-238-1377 to schedule a confidential consultation.

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