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The basics of Restraining Orders in Florida Family Court

Posted by LEISA WINTZ | Mar 19, 2024 | 0 Comments

A **domestic violence injunction**, commonly referred to as a **restraining order**, serves as a legal safeguard designed to shield individuals from further harm. If you find yourself in a situation necessitating such protection, here's what you need to know: 1. **Filing a Petition**: Begin by visiting your local courthouse. File a petition, ensuring that your allegations are clearly written. Submit this to the duty judge. Based on your initial allegations, the judge may issue a **temporary restraining order**. 2. **Quick Hearing**: A brief hearing—usually around 15 minutes—is scheduled with a domestic violence judge. If you decide to hire an attorney, you might secure a more extended hearing, allowing you additional time to present your case. 3. **Unified Family Court System**: In Florida, the unified family court system plays a crucial role. If a restraining order is filed and subsequent family-related cases (such as divorce or custody) arise, the initial restraining order hearing could be reassigned to the family case judge. The impact of this depends on various factors. 4. **Duration of the Injunction**: Initially, a temporary order is in effect until the court date. If a trial becomes necessary, the order can be extended. Ultimately, the judge has the final say on the duration. 5. **Seek Professional Guidance**: Given the complexities and potential impact on your family, consider partnering with an attorney who combines legal expertise with psychological insight. The **Family Matters Law Group** can help you navigate the legal landscape strategically, ensuring the support and protection you need. Reach out to discuss your situation and explore the best course of action together.

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