Judges can be skeptical of protective order filings if the parties are going through a family law dispute such as a separation or divorce.Protective Orders are not to be used as a tool to manipulate or fast track divorce proceedings.
Protective order cases often accompany family law matters and criminal claims of assault. Abuse is the most common allegation to support a protective order request. Domestic violence can be difficult to prove due to limited number of witnesses. Abuse includes any of the following acts:
- An act that inflicts serious bodily harm;
- An act that places a person in fear of imminent serious bodily harm;
- Rape, attempted rape, certain designated sexual offenses and the attempt of such a sexual offense;
- False imprisonment;
Family law matters are often vigorously contested and charges of assault and similar criminal charges are often leveled while divorce proceedings are pending. Annapolis domestic violence lawyer, Maria Patterson, is experienced at handling criminal matters with their genesis in family disputes. She has worked closely with family law lawyers to minimize the impact of criminal charges on pending divorce and child custody matters. Please call Bowie domestic violence lawyer, Maria Patterson, at 410.MEDIATE to discuss your case.