This is the first post in a series of articles addressing situations in which a Las Vegas father must seek a protection order against his child’s mother. For various reasons, men often resist the suggestion that they may need to seek protection from their ex via the legal process of obtaining a protective order. In many cases, however, a temporary or permanent protective order may be necessary for the safety of a father and his child. The goal of this series is to provide information about when a protective order may be appropriate and the process a dad should follow when considering this option. If you believe you or your child may need protection from your child’s mother, contact my office today to speak to an attorney.
In this series, I will discuss the following key topics:
- Understanding when a court will issue a temporary restraining order (TPO)
- The importance of consulting with a lawyer before seeking a TPO
- What to expect during a hearing for a protective order
- How to conduct oneself after a protective order is issued
- The impact of a protective order on a child custody case
I chose to write about these subjects for several reasons. First, it is important to recognize the types of behaviors and threats that will prompt a court to issue a protective order. Fathers should not accept when a child’s mother acts in a way that may be dangerous or harmful to themselves or their children. Second, given the potential consequences of obtaining a protective order, whenever possible, dads should consult with an attorney before starting the legal process. Of course, in true emergency situations, law enforcement should be contacted immediately. Third, fathers should have a basic understanding of what to expect at a TPO hearing. Next, once the order has been issued, it is imperative to comply with all of its terms and to continue to act in the best interest of the child. Finally, when a protective order is in place, it can impact ongoing to newly initiated child custody proceedings. An experienced fathers’ rights attorney can assist you throughout the process.
If you or someone you know are being stalked, harassed or otherwise feeling threatened by another person, it is important to take action to protect yourself and your child. When a protective order is in place, it may deter any additional threatening behavior. It will also allow law enforcement to take swift action should another incident occur. If you are in immediate danger, contact law enforcement. Otherwise, consult with an attorney as soon as possible. Contact my office today to speak with a Las Vegas attorney.