A Domestic Violence Protective Order (DVPO or DVRO) is a court order that limits the contact between two people. When the order is issued, you are the person requesting protection and are known as the petitioner. The person from whom you are seeking protection is known as the respondent.
The protective order can be granted ex parte, which means without notice to the other party, but only after certain requirements are met. A judge will also set a date for a full hearing at which time both parties may present evidence and witnesses. At this hearing, the judge will decide whether there is sufficient evidence of abuse to continue the protective order. If the judge finds there is no basis for continuing the protective order, it will be dismissed.
A DVPO or DVRO can limit contact by requiring no contact, limiting physical contact and ordering no threats or harassment by telephone, in writing or in person. It can also limit access to your home and workplace and order your spouse or partner to move out of your home.
A Pierce County DVPO lawyer can help you with your case. Typically, when someone files a DVPO request, the court will issue a temporary order that is effective for up to 14 days. The court will then schedule a full hearing regarding the DVPO.
If you would like more information about how a domestic violence protective order can protect you from an abusive spouse or partner please call our Pierce County DVPO attorney today for a free initial consultation.