North Texas Domestic Violence Orders
McKinney / Frisco Family Law Attorneys
Serving clients throughout Northern Texas
Unfortunately, family strife can lead to physical confrontations and injuries. Domestic violence creates huge problems for children as well as adults.
District Attorneys have authority to file family violence protective order cases on behalf of parties who lodge a complaint with their offices. Abused persons can seek the help of the District Attorney’s office at no cost to themselves. However, pursuing a complaint with the DA often takes time and may leave a person in limbo while waiting for the court process to be initiated.
A person may ask for a family violence protective order in conjunction with a divorce. Doing so requires the victim to sign an affidavit outlining specifically what has occurred and what injuries have been suffered or what threats have been made by the other party. If the judge believes there is a serious threat of harm, an order can be entered immediately instructing the other party to stay away from the victim and report to the court on a certain date for a hearing. At the hearing, the judge may decide to continue the order in effect or modify it so as to protect the victim.
Being aware that a person is capable of physical violence is the necessary first step. Understanding what triggers violence in a particular person and what to do to protect oneself when it occurs are of utmost importance. People in volatile relationships must have an escape plan for themselves and their children.
Detailed information is available on our “Domestic Violence Escape Plan” page.
At Woods, May & Matlock, our family law attorneys, have a wealth of experience, offer a full scope of legal services in all aspects of domestic violence, and are dedicated to ensuring that victims have full protection of the law.
When you need legal help and guidance concerning violent acts of an intimate partner or member of your household, we encourage you to contact us for a consultation. Your private matters are treated with the utmost discretion, and there is no charge for an initial brief phone consultation.
Texas Domestic Violence Resources
Domestic Violence Help – State & Local Programs
U. S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics, Intimate Partner Violence in the United States