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Obtaining a restraining order in Texas

Restraining orders, also sometimes referred to as protective orders, are designed to keep victims of domestic violence, stalking or harassing safe. While many people may know about this option, actually going through the process of requesting and obtaining a restraining order through the courts can be overwhelming. If you're considering this step, you're likely already dealing with a stressful situation. Talking to a family law attorney experienced in dealing with restraining orders can make it easier to understand how this option works.

The details of a restraining order differ by each situation, but in most cases, it involves limiting the contact between the accused and the victim. This may be putting a restriction on how close the accused can come to the victim or putting a prohibition on contacting the victim at all. How this is drafted into the court order depends on what behavior is being manifested that the order is attempting to stop and the accused's criminal history.

In situations tied to other family law cases, such as divorces or custody battles, the provisions in the order may center around restricting a party from picking up the children from child care, making any changes to financial accounts and assets or even opening the other person's mail. A protective order may also be a way to get an abusive spouse out of the house or stop contact while going through divorce proceedings.

The most difficult part of getting a restraining order is the process of proving the need to the courts. Having a lawyer help you with this process ensures that you understand how the courts view and handle these types or orders and are prepared for the possible outcomes.

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