According to national statistics, approximately 15% of all reported criminal violence is committed by an intimate partner. Victims frequently struggle with how to handle scary situations when someone they love or care about hurts them.
If you or someone you know suffers violence at the hands of a loved one in Norfolk, you can file for a protective order. Our compassionate and understanding domestic violence lawyers are here to help. Call Montagna Law for a consultation at 877-622-8100.
Protective orders offer essential safety measures for individuals facing threats, violence, harassment, or abuse, putting them in danger of bodily injury, sexual assault, or death. Issued by a judge or magistrate, protective orders are especially important for victims of domestic abuse looking to escape their abusers.
In Norfolk, the process for obtaining a protective order is designed to be accessible, yet it involves specific legal procedures that must be carefully followed.
In Virginia, there are three types of protective orders victims of abuse can pursue.
Your relationship with the person hurting you determines where you should file for a protective order. If the person is family, a household member, or under the age of 18, you can file at the Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court. Other requests for protective orders not meeting this criteria should file with the General District Court.
Protective orders, along with criminal charges, often precede divorces. During divorce proceedings, you can request a temporary order which addresses:
If a PPO is issued, the individual who is the subject of the protective order may find the court’s decisions regarding custody and visitation goes against their favor. It is also important to know the issuance of a protective order can delay divorce proceedings.
While you can pursue a protective order on your own, it is to your advantage to have legal representation. Your Hampton Roads attorney will:
The Montagna Law team offers its clients decades of experience. In 2023, we received the honor of being listed in Attorney and Practice Magazine’s Top 10 Family Law Firms in Virginia.
The attorney-client relationship is very important to our family law attorneys. We pride ourselves on providing every client with excellent customer service while applying our experience and knowledge of Virginia law to each case.
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Family abuse is a difficult situation. At Montagna Law, we understand your safety is paramount, and protective orders are sometimes necessary. You do not have to fight your abuser alone. The Norfolk protective order attorneys at Montagna Law understand your fear and want to help. To schedule an appointment, contact our law office. Our phone number is 877-622-8100. If preferable, you can fill out our online contact form.
Free. There is no cost to file for a protective order in Norfolk against an abuser (respondent).
Virginia uses the terms “restraining order” and “protective order” interchangeably.
Yes, following Va. Code 20-60.3(4), if a protective order is in place, or you are at risk of physical or emotional harm, you can withhold your address by filing a request with the court.
Your current order remains in effect as per federal law stipulating all states uphold protective orders issued in other states. Contact the local court in your new home state to discuss your case and notify local law enforcement you have a restraining order in place.
Jon Montagna received a Bachelor of Arts in Literature from American University in Washington D.C. and graduated Cum Laude from the University of Miami School of Law in 1999. Jon practices law in the Hampton Roads Virginia area.