When a relationship ends, the result isn’t always as neat and simple
as we might wish. Sometimes, our ex-spouses, ex-girlfriends, ex-boyfriends,
or even past dates can be angry, resentful, and upset. We are all entitled
to have these feelings after a breakup, but when we act on those frustrations,
things can become more serious.
If you are feeling threatened, or if you have been assaulted, stalked,
or abused by your ex, you have every right to seek legal protection. Find
out how you can use a restraining order to protect yourself.
About Texas Protective Orders
In Texas, a person can file a
protective order, also called a restraining order, in order to keep themselves from harm.
These orders are legally binding civil document ordered by the court to
provide someone from protection against someone who might, or has already,
caused serious harm. Protective orders can intervene in situations of
domestic violence, stalking, assault, and can even work to prevent human
trafficking and other serious crimes. If you are a parent, your protective
order can also help you protect your children.
Who Can File?
Anyone who has been threatened, abused, or assaulted may file for a protective
order in Texas. In matters of domestic violence, a protective order can
protect the abused person from a spouse, ex-spouse, boyfriend, girlfriend,
ex-partner, parent, stepparent, sibling, roommate, or any other relation.
How Can a Protective Order Help?
A restraining order can help protect victims from any continued abuse,
stalking, or threats. Each protective order can contain certain provisions
within it to protect the individual from their abuser.
Some of the provisions may include:
- An order to avoid all contact (including calling, emailing, texting, contacting
via social media, etc.)
- Instruction to move out of a shared home
- A “Stay Away” provision (whereby the abuser must stay a certain
distance from the individual’s home, work, etc.)
- An order to surrender any/all firearms
In some cases, protective orders might allow for “peaceful contact”
in cases where some level of communication is necessary. For example,
the court might grant peaceful contact between parents who share the care
of a young child. Some restraining orders can also order the alleged abuser
to attend counseling sessions for anger management.
Taking Your Next Step
If you feel threatened by someone close to you, or if you are the victim of
domestic violence, you have a right to stand up for yourself and take legal action against
your abuser. Our experienced family law attorneys can help you obtain
a restraining order, file for divorce, draw up a custody agreement, and
handle any other associated legal issues.
Contact the Law Office of Kathryn Marteeny
to discuss your situation with our Houston family lawyers.