If your current or former spouse has filed a domestic violence petition against you, it could affect your relationship with the children. Depending on the conditions of the protective order the court may issue, you could be prevented from seeing or even contacting them.
While such protective orders are necessary to protect the victim, they could be based on false allegations. Your partner might have lied to paint you in a bad light. Therefore, you need to be aware of your rights and protect them since much is at stake.
Do not react negatively or violate any court-issued orders
If you have been served with a temporary restraining order, keep your cool and refrain from negative reactions such as verbal attacks on your partner. It will only help their case. Do not violate the court’s orders by contacting your partner or confronting them.
Do not miss a court date
You will have a chance to respond to the domestic violence petition in a formal court hearing. It is important not to skip any such hearings, even if you are sure that the petition against you is based on false allegations. Skipping court dates could leave the court with no other option but to keep the order in place.
Have your evidence ready
You need to present evidence that disproves your partner’s allegations in the hearing. Such evidence may include police reports, witness statements or communication records with your partner that suggest that the domestic violence claims are baseless.
Defending against a protective order requires a well-crafted and thorough response to every accusation leveled against you. It is advisable to have experienced legal guidance. It will increase your chances of a favorable conclusion to the matter and help you clear your name.