Family Law

Getting a Restraining Order

A more practical alternative for a victim of violence is to apply to the courts for what is called a restraining order. A restraining order is a court order requiring an abusive person, often a spouse or partner, to stop molesting, annoying, or harassing another person. For example, the other spouse or partner and/or any children, for a period of time decided by the judge, most often for three months.

A restraining order can be obtained in just a few days if there is an emergency and if the court is satisfied that the party in question has been physically abusive and that the person applying for the order (and/or the family's children) is in danger. If an abusive person breaches (breaks) a restraining order, the abused party can have this person arrested by the police.