Attorney To Help You With Orders Of Protection

Divorce and custody battles in Texas frequently result in an increase in domestic violence between the parties involved. If you feel you or your children are in danger of assault or abuse from your spouse or any person with whom you have a domestic relationship, there are legal options the court can impose to offer you legal protection.

Types Of Protective Orders

  • Temporary ex parte protective order: This offers immediate protection for a period of time between three to five days. Per Texas Family Code Chapter 83.002, these orders are not to exceed 20 days. Applying for an ex parte order does not require the abuser to be present in court. In a temporary ex parte order, the court may direct the respondent to do certain acts or refrain from certain acts.
  • Permanent protective order: Despite the name, a permanent protective order is generally limited to up to two years from the date of issuance. We can help you obtain these through your local civil court. While your abuser does not have to be present in court, he or she must receive notice. The court will enter a default order if he or she does not appear.
  • Magistrate's order of emergency protection: This is what is commonly referred to as an emergency protective order. This order is issued by a criminal court following an arrest for domestic assault. Your abuser will be present in court at the time it is issued.

If you need to apply for a protective order or another person is in violation of an existing order, get the legal help you need from an experienced lawyer. In many cases, these emergency orders can be imposed within 24 hours of applying. If you feel you are in danger, do not wait to see what will happen next. Call me, attorney Rebecca Anne Gonzalez, in San Antonio at 210-368-2608 or toll free at 800-823-6321.