California Restraining Orders

Legal Representation with Decades of Experience

Our firm has helped many people obtain protection from abuse and violence in the past through the use of a California restraining order. If you or your child has been subjected to abuse, contact one of our Orange County family law attorneys. We have decades of experience on our side. Attorney Bridgman is a former Deputy District Attorney, which is a unique advantage in cases involving criminal activity that we can put to work for you.

What a Restraining Order can do for You

When you are the victim of abuse or violence, you need to take action against the person responsible. It is important to know the benefits of a restraining order and exactly how this can help you. First and foremost, this court order will prevent the individual from coming within a certain distance of you.

This restraining order will affect the individual in the following ways:

  • Keep them from contacting you, your children, and others who live with you
  • Keep them away from your home, your work, and children's school
  • Force them to move out of your home
  • Keep away from your pets
  • Prevent them from making changes to insurance policies

If they are forced to move out of your home, then they may not be inclined to support you or your children; because of this, they can also be ordered to pay support, certain bills, and be prevented from incurring large expenses that would affect you.

How can I get a restraining order?

Domestic abuse is a broad term that covers a number of different actions; this term also includes verbal or physical threats of violence. Abuse can include being physically hurt, whether intentionally or as the accidental result of reckless behavior, sexual assault, or causing you to be reasonably afraid of being subjected to physical violence. In addition, if you are the victim of behavior such as stalking, threats, intentional destruction of your property, or disturbing your peace, you may be able to obtain a restraining order.

In order to obtain a restraining order, there are two elements that you must prove:

  1. You have been subjected to abuse, or threats of abuse
  2. You are in a close relationship with the person

The second element of being in a close relationship with the person is not difficult to establish, and covers a wide range of people. The following is a list of people that count as a close relationship:

  • You are married, or you are in a domestic partnership
  • You are divorced or separated
  • You are or were in a dating relationship
  • You are closely related (including in-laws)
  • You are living together, or you used to live together
  • You share a child in common

Personalized Representation & 24/7 Availability

Our legal team recognizes the need for availability, and we are dedicated to maintaining a personalized approach. When you choose us, your case will not be passed around between attorneys and paralegals. Once an Orange County family lawyer is assigned to your case, you will have access to them, and they will be your sole legal advisor. Furthermore, our office believes in the necessity for constant contact availability as emergencies arise, and you need legal advice.

When you need a restraining order, or you are facing another serious family law matter, we are available to help 24/7. Our office also offers a free case evaluation to all of our potential clients. You can contact us at any time and receive some more information concerning your case and how we can help without any commitment on your part. Contact us today to discuss the kinds of abuse you are subjected to and begin taking action against the person responsible!

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