Restraining Orders: How They Can Keep You Safe During a Divorce
Leaving a volatile and violent marriage requires careful planning. You must ensure the safety of yourself and your children. You need to put ample physical space between you and your spouse. To help you keep yourself and your children safe, you may consider filing for a restraining order against a violent soon-to-be ex-spouse. If that is the route you need to take, then you should hire one of the best Sarasota, Bradenton, and Venice, Florida divorce attorneys from the Law Offices of Matthew Z. Martell, P.A. to assist you in obtaining the full legal protection that you can obtain with a Florida restraining order.
Securing Physical Distance
One of the key ways that a restraining order can keep you safe during a divorce involves securing physical distance between you and your violent spouse. The restraining order states how far away that your husband or wife must stay away from you which is normally a minimum of 500 feet at all times. It also will detail for how long this physical distance must be maintained which is normally a minimum of 6 months. If your spouse violates the restraining order, then he or she could be arrested and jailed. In certain rare cases, he or she also could forfeit some claims in the divorce, such as petitioning for shared parental responsibility or unsupervised timesharing.
Preventing Contact through Other Means
The restraining order will also state what methods that your spouse must use if he or she wants to communicate with you. He or she will be barred from calling you as well as sending emails, texts and letters. He or she will not be allowed to contact you indirectly either through friends, relatives, or work associates. If children are involved, normally he or she will be able contact you briefly in writing to discuss child related matters such as timesharing only. Your spouse will most likely be directed to send all other communications to your lawyer’s office so that any important message can be relayed through your divorce attorney only. In summary, the restraining order normally spares you from having to communicate directly with your violent and abusive soon-to-be ex-spouse.
It is imperative that you file for a restraining order if you are involved in a violent marriage– especially if minor children are involved. You can get a very strong and comprehensive restraining order put into place permanently in as little as 14 days by hiring an assertive Sarasota divorce attorney with excellent reviews such as Attorney Matthew Z. Martell. You can set up a 30-minute free initial phone consultation at (941) 556-7020 with one of the best Sarasota divorce attorneys in the area. Do not wait and call Sarasota, Bradenton, and Venice, Florida divorce attorney Matthew Z. Martell for help with your restraining order today.