Temporary Protective Orders
If you or a family member has been the victim of domestic violence, threats, or harassment, The Stewart Law Office can help you obtain a Temporary Protective Order (TPO) for your safety and peace of mind. A TPO provides legal notice to the offender that he or she is restricted from contact with you by the State of Georgia.
A Temporary Protective Order may:
- Order a party to refrain from harassing or interfering with the other, including phone calls and emails
- Direct a party to stop acts of family violence
- Grant to a spouse possession of the residence and exclude the other spouse from the residence
- Require a party to provide suitable alternate housing for a spouse and his or her children
- Award temporary custody of minor children and establish temporary visitation rights
- Order the eviction of a party from the residence and order assistance to the victim in returning to it
- Order assistance in retrieving victim’s personal property if the respondent’s eviction has not been ordered
Once a TPO is issued and served on the other party, they may contest the order in court. The Stewart Law Office can represent you at the hearing and help you provide the court with the necessary evidence, such as eyewitness testimony or medical bills, to keep the TPO in effect. If the offending party violates the provisions of the Temporary Protective Order, they face civil contempt penalties and possible criminal charges.
In some instances, particularly with an abusive spouse, the issuance of a Temporary Protective Order is the necessary first step towards the abused spouse seeking a divorce. The Stewart Law Office will zealously represent you throughout this process. Contact us for more information or to schedule an initial consultation.
However, if you are the one that has been accused of domestic violence or received notice of a Temporary Protective Order or Temporary Restraining Order issued against you, we can still help. Please see our information here under the Criminal Law and Family Violence section.
Domestic Violence Crimes
- Misdemeanor vs. Felony
- FVIP Classes
- No Contact Clauses
- Probation, Fines, & Jail Time
If you are charged with a domestic violence related offense, you need an experienced attorney by your side. The Stewart Law Office can ensure you receive a fair trial.