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What to do if You’re under a California Domestic Violence Restraining Order

15
Sep

What to do if You’re under a California Domestic Violence Restraining Order

By Maltaise Cini

In many domestic violence cases, the alleged victim will ask the court for a restraining order to be placed against the person who has been charged with domestic violence. The court can issue a restraining order even if the domestic violence charges have not yet been proved in court.

A restraining order usually orders the person accused of domestic violence to do some or all of the following things:

  • Follow all orders related to a divorce, such as paying child support or spousal support and obeying child custody and visitation orders;
  • Move out of the house or apartment;
  • Not make contact with the alleged victim or their children, family members, pets, or others who live with the alleged victim;
  • Not own, borrow, or have a gun;
  • Pay certain bills or release certain property to the alleged victim; and
  • Stay away from the alleged victim’s home, workplace, or children’s schools.

A person charged with domestic violence faces jail time, fines, or other penalties if they violate the restraining order. Therefore, make sure you fully understand each rule included in the restraining order and follow it, even if doing so is difficult.

If you are under a domestic violence restraining order or are facing charges of domestic violence, it may be in your best interest to consult with an experienced Orange County domestic violence attorney. Maltaise Cini can help you understand and follow the rules of the restraining order, and she will fight on your behalf to get the order changed, if necessary. She also has the courtroom experience to fight for the best possible outcome in your domestic violence case. For a free consultation, call 949-660-1389 today.