Temporary Restraining Order Attorney Referral Service

When someone at home is hurting you or is threatening to harm you, resorting to a legal remedy for your safety and for other members of your family or household is vital. In the San Fernando Valley, California, victims of domestic abuse may obtain a temporary restraining order as a means to protect themselves from further harm and violence.

What is a Temporary Restraining Order?

A temporary restraining order or TRO is a court order issued for purposes of providing protection to persons who wish to restrain a:

  • Spouse
  • Domestic partner
  • Person he or she is dating or used to date
  • Person he or she is living with or used to live with
  • Close relative such as a parent, child, brother, sister, grandparent or in-law

When do you need a TRO?

Anyone accused of domestic violence is entitled to his day in court; however, due to the potential danger a victim may be facing, the court may issue an order restraining another person from performing specific acts until the date of the hearing on the restraining order.

You may need an order when someone:

  • Threatens you
  • Stalks you
  • Harasses you
  • Disturbs your peace
  • Destroys your personal property
  • Subjects you to physical and emotional abuse or other acts of violence
  • The abuse may not necessarily be physical but can also be emotional, psychological and verbal.

Orders of the court

When a temporary restraining order is issued, the court may order the restrained person not to:

  • Contact or go near you, your children and relatives
  • Stay away from your home, workplace or your child’s school
  • Have a gun
  • Stay away from your pets

Moreover, depending on your circumstances, the TRO may also compel the restrained person to:

  • Obey child custody and visitation orders
  • Provide child support
  • Provide support to one’s spouse or partner
  • Pay specific bills
  • Release or return certain property

Effective period of the TRO

A temporary restraining order is valid between 20 to 25 days anywhere in the United States, but you may need to inform the local police of your restraining order if you decide to move to another city. After the hearing of your application, the court may decide to issue a permanent restraining order with a maximum period of three (3) years.

Why would I need an attorney to obtain a restraining order?

There are legal requirements for obtaining a restraining order and different types of orders appropriate for your situation.

Applying for a restraining order requires knowledge of court procedures including filing of court forms, service and hearing. Victims of domestic abuse often go through emotional turmoil and can easily feel confused, intimidated and overwhelmed by all the paperwork and legal requirements for obtaining a restraining order. Engaging the services of a family lawyer can ease the process of filing and attending the hearing.

I’m afraid my abuser will find out, can you help?

Communications between a family lawyer and the client are confidential. However, court forms showing essential information about your case must be filed in court and your abuser must be served with a copy of the temporary restraining order and be asked to attend the hearing.

It’s absolutely essential for you to provide the court with all the important information in support of your request for a restraining order. While this may mean narrating painful details of your domestic abuse in front of your attacker, your family lawyer can reduce your discomfort by taking care of the legal technicalities – such as serving the restraining order and more importantly, ensuring that you obtain all the necessary orders for your safety after the hearing. Contact us at 818-340-4529.