This post concludes and recaps my series on how a TPO can impact family law cases in Melbourne, Florida. I decided to write on this topic due to the fact that many people do not realize how a Protective Order can impact issues related to divorce and child custody. The goal of my last several posts has been to provide information which will help people to better understand their situation and to help them make an informed decision when selecting a family law attorney. If you require assistance then contact my office today to speak with a lawyer.
I have addressed several topics over my recent articles. Issues which I have analyzed include:
- The process of obtaining a TPO
- How a TPO impacts divorce & child custody cases
- Dealing with a TPO based on false allegations
- Conducting one’s self when a Protective Order is in place
- Challenging a TPO after it has been issued
These are important topics to understand for multiple reasons. First, the Court does not take a “one size fits all” approach when it comes to issuing Protective Orders. Whether or not the Order is issued immediately will depend on the strength of the evidence presented in a Petition. Second, a Protective Order may impact how the Court awards support and child custody. For obvious reasons one will likely have their parental time share reduced if they are shown to have violent tendencies. Third, and unfortunately, many TPO requests are based on false allegations. It is critically important to take such allegations seriously even if you know they are false. Fourth, once a Protective Order is in place it must be followed or else one risks serving jail time. Finally, there are many instances in which an issued TPO may be challenged due to conduct on the part of the complaining party.
One point I have stressed through each of these articles is that it is crucial to contact an attorney if you find yourself dealing with such a situation. Counsel will help you to understand the serious nature of being subject to a TPO and immediate steps will be taken to protect your interests. As a family law lawyer I handle many such matters throughout the Melbourne area. Call my office today to schedule an initial consultation. We also services clients in the Brevard County cities of Titusville, Cocoa, Palm Bay, Grant, Valkaria, and Rockledge, as well as in the Indian River County areas of Fellsmere, Sebastian, Vero Beach, Indian River Shores, and Orchid.