Respected Family Law Attorney Helping Northeast Atlanta Area Navigate Issues of Family Violence & Temporary Protective Orders
Georgia has strong family violence laws. A temporary protective order, or TPO, is a court-issued legal document that protects victims from people abusing, harassing, or stalking them. If you are a victim of family violence, you can go to the Superior Court of the county in which you live and seek an “ex parte” protective order. Ex parte is latin meaning for one party. That means your spouse will not be there. If the order is issued, the person who committed the violence will be escorted from his home by the sheriff and required to come by a few days later to a hearing. At the later hearing the accused can explain their side of the story.
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Because this is so sudden, many times the accused and the victim are not represented by attorneys. However, having an experienced attorney is important to protect your individual rights and those of your family. At the hearing,the judge can only do one of two things: issue the order or dismiss the order. If the order is issued, then the parties will not have contact for a period of time, usually one year. If there are children, limited contact is granted, and child support and visitation is entered into the order. This is done in a matter of minutes.