A Santa Barbara Attorney Protects You Against Domestic Violence
Help with filing a restraining order in California
If you are a victim of domestic abuse, know that you can take action today to protect yourself. The first step is to seek safety: Leave the environment and get away from the abusive person. Call 911. Go to a woman’s shelter. The next step is to file a restraining order. A restraining order forces your attacker to remain out of contact with you under penalty of law. I know taking this step can be frightening, but at McCleary (Mac) H. Sanborn, III, Attorney at Law your safety is my top priority. I work quickly to take the steps needed to ensure your family’s safety. I provide answers to your questions and will process and file all the necessary paperwork.
How do I file for a restraining order in California?
Domestic abuse occurs in many forms. In the state of California, a restraining order can be issued against a spouse if he or she has subjected you to:
To begin the restraining order filing process, visit your local court and fill out the required court forms. There are no fees associated with filing these forms but it is advisable a family law attorney guides you through the process. If you are married to your abuser and are considering a more permanent separation, my office also assists with the process of filing for divorce.
What happens after I file a restraining order?
Once you have filed the paperwork for your temporary restraining order, a judge determines whether to grant the temporary orders requested based on the severity and type of abuse alleged. A second hearing must occur before a judge determines whether the temporary restraining orders should become permanent.
How does a restraining order protect me?
Restraining orders may ensure you and your family’s safety in a number of ways. The abusive person will be forced to:
- Avoid contact with you and your children
- Avoid contact with your relatives
- Move from your home if you live together or avoid coming near your home or place of work
- Avoid contact with your pets
- Sell or turn into law enforcement his or her firearms
- Provide spousal or partner support if you are married or domestic partners