Domestic violence is already a devastating situation to go through and having to place a restraining order on top of everything that is going on can be difficult. The entire process can be time consuming, but the end result will be gratifying for the ones that are involved. When dealing with this type of problem, it is crucial to know how these orders protect you and your loved ones from. Keep in mind that this type of restraining orders cannot give you a divorce; it will not end your marriage or domestic partnership. It will not be able to establish paternity of your children with the restrained person. But this can be established only if you and the restrained person agree to the paternity test of your child or children. This will lead to a court hearing that will have a judgement about parentage.
The temporary restraining orders also known as TRO’s can include some issues like ordering the restrained person to stay away while it ensures that the abuser will not try to contact the protected person, other protected people and pets. This means that they will immediately have to be removed from the home even if it is a shared home and will not be allowed to return unless the restraining order is removed. It also includes who can use the family home, who has child custody or who can use vehicles. The restraining order will also protect expenses between the restrained person and the victim. This will prevent the restrained person from spending money that belongs to their partner or a shared account. The restrained person will also not be allowed to make any changes to insurance policies and he/she will also have to pay certain bills.
It also ensures that the abuser will not have access anywhere. They will not be able to go to the protected person’s place of work and the school’s that either the children go to or if the protected person is still attending a school. The order will also prevent the abuser from owning a gun and they will have to obey visitation rights if children are involved. This means that following child support is crucial; the abuser will have to pay child support while also paying for spousal support if the abuser and the victim are in fact married or domestic partners. Once the restraining order is created, the order will then be entered into a statewide computer system called CLETS. This system will be accessible to all law enforcement officers that will be available anywhere in the United States for them. If you were to move out of California, you would just have to contact your local police station and inform them of the restraining order against the restrained person.
If the restrained person does not obey the rules of the restraining order they will either have to pay a fine or go to jail. Sometimes if it is violated, the restrained person will have to pay their fine and then go to jail.
IF YOU NEED PROTECTION RIGHT NOW, YOU SHOULD CALL 911; OR A local law enforcement agency, or A domestic violence shelter, or The National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233 or 1-800-799-SAFE, The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence