While divorce often occurs because of a break down in communication, it can also be necessary to protect the health and safety of family members. If your family is at risk because your spouse is emotionally or physically abusive, filing a restraining order may be necessary. At Gina H. McDonald & Associates, L.L.L., in Birmingham, Alabama, we help clients file restraining orders against their abusive spouses. We also defend against restraining orders when people wrongfully accuse their spouse of abuse.
If you have questions about filing or challenge a restraining order, please contact Gina H. McDonald & Associates at (205) 453-4497.
In order to obtain a restraining order, there must be a significant and imminent threat of violence to your or your children. A threat to take your children outside of the local court's jurisdiction also warrants an order of protection. Our attorneys will advise whether a restraining order is necessary in your situation, or if you can resolve the matter through other legal measures.
Our firm offers the legal help you need in order to secure or challenge the following:
- Protection from abuse orders (PFA) - A PFA can be filed if the couple is married and living together in the same house, or if the couple has a common law marriage. It grants the victim immediate relief from violence and emergency temporary custody of any children. If you have been served with a PFA, it is important you obtain legal counsel right away.
- Temporary restraining order - If there is immediate threat to you or your children, we can go before the court to obtain a temporary restraining order or temporary custody order. You do not need notify your spouse that you are seeking a restraining order against him or her.
Restraining orders can influence the outcome of a divorce settlement. We can help you file for or defend against one while other actions are pending.
If you have questions about orders of protection, contact Gina H. McDonald & Associates, in Birmingham, Alabama. You can reach us today by calling (205) 453-4497 or by filling out the intake form on our Contact Us page.