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A protective order keeps you safe from abuse

Protective orders are designed to help keep people safe when they're otherwise in harm's way. Take for example the housewife who knows her husband comes home angry after work. She fears that he'll take out his anger on her and their children. This woman is an ideal candidate to seek a protective order, which could help prevent her and her children from getting hurt.

A protective order typically allows the person accused to continue to have visitation with children from the relationship. However, as a parent, you may have good reasons for not wanting that visitation to take place. Your attorney can help you address this concern with the court, so you can make a decision on how to move forward. It's possible to have visitation be supervised, keeping your children safe while allowing them to see their father or mother.

Anyone may apply for a protective order including minors. Minors must be represented by someone who has custody of them or who resides with them. For instance, in a family with three children ages 7, 17 and 19, the 19-year-old sibling could seek protective orders for him or herself and his or her siblings.

Once a person receives a protective order, the accused may no longer be in contact unless specified by the order itself. The perpetrator may not purchase a firearm while the activity is being enforced. Victims also maintain a right to counseling and support after filing for the protective order through the courts.

Your attorney can help you seek a protective order if you're in danger. You have a right to a safe environment.

Source: FindLaw, "North Carolina Protective Orders Laws," accessed April 12, 2017

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