It is important to protect your safety, and your rights, when dealing with matters of domestic violence. When allegations of domestic abuse are introduced in a divorce proceeding, the legal issues can become more complicated. It is extremely important to retain the services of a lawyer who understands the issues, and who can protect your interests.
What Is A Protective Order?
The term protective order, in the context of family law matters, refers to an order obtained to prevent domestic violence or abuse. In Virginia, protective orders are initially temporary in nature and can be issued on an emergency ex-parte basis. Following a brief period of limitation, a court will be required to review the order, and the circumstances under which it was issued, to determine whether it should remain in place. After this hearing, a more formal hearing will be held to determine whether a permanent order should be entered.
The maximum duration for a protective order in Virginia is two years. However, upon the expiration of a protective order, a petitioner may re-petition the court to renew an existing order.
What Services Are Offered By The Reed Law Firm?
At the Reed Law Firm, we can provide you with diligent and effective representation in any matter involving a protective order in Alexandria, Virginia. If you are a victim of domestic abuse, or have been wrongfully accused of domestic violence, your future depends on retaining effective legal representation. When you are ready to speak with an attorney regarding a protective order, please contact us for a confidential consultation.