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LEGAL SERVICES

We have attorneys available to assist with domestic violence and elder abuse restraining order petitions.  This process takes between 1-3 hours on average, depending on the complexity of the victim’s situation and the number of children if they are to be included in the protection order.

You can expect a response by the Court within 24 hours, though it sometimes takes a bit longer.

Next steps:

  1. One of our attorneys will go over the restraining order with you and answer any questions you may have regarding the Court’s ruling.

  2.  The restraining order needs to be served to the respondent (the one from whom you are seeking protection.)  In most cases we can assist with this.

  3. You will be given a court date approximately three weeks from the date you received your temporary restraining order.  At that time the Judge or Commissioner will review the order with you and the respondent and make a decision regarding whether or not to grant a permanent restraining order, and if so, the length of time the order will be in place (usually one to five years.)

At this time our attorneys are not able to offer representation for court trials, or other family law matters such as divorce, guardianship and custody as we simply do not have the capacity to do so.  However, two of our community partners, WEAVE and My Sister’s House, may be able to assist.