If your spouse injures you or anyone else in your household, call the police immediately. The police can, if warranted, contact an on-call judicial officer and issue an Emergency Protective Order (also called an EPO) on the spot. This would legally prohibit your spouse from coming within a certain distance of you. It also may grant you temporary custody of your children and bar your spouse from the family home. An EPO remains in effect for five court days, or seven calendar days, whichever is earlier. If this happens, call Bennett Family Law right away, so we can turn the EPO into a longer term restraining order for your family’s protection.
If your spouse has recently injured you, a child or another person in your household, a restraining order through the family law court may still be obtained even if an EPO was not issued. Please call the Bennett Family Law attorneys right away to discuss the situation and determine the appropriate legal action.