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When should you file for a protective order?

On Behalf of | Jul 27, 2021 | protective orders

Divorce can surface a lot of alarming emotions and may leave you feeling endangered. When you feel threatened by your partner, you may wonder what you need to do to secure a protective order in Maryland.

Knowing under what conditions you can apply for a protective order can help you to respond proactively and confidently. Your action may help to protect you from potential harm caused by your partner.

Proving a cause

You cannot get a protective order simply because you want one. According to Maryland Courts, you have to have some proof or evidence of your claims prior to filing for protection. If your partner commits acts of violence against you, repeatedly stalks or threatens you, holds you against your will or attempts to commit acts of sexual violence, you have the right to file for a protective order.

Keep detailed records of your interactions with the perpetrator. Express clearly why you feel that your life is in imminent danger. If possible, you may consider staying with a trusted friend or relative while you await confirmation of the protective order.

Enforcing an order

If you do not report suspicious behavior, authorities can do very little to enforce a protective order. Be alert to violations of the order so you can contact authorities immediately. Depending on the situation, authorities may prohibit your partner from contacting you both physically or virtually. A protective order may also give you temporary custody over any minors you share with your partner and require a consistent child support payment through a given time.

Once you file for a protective order, you should maintain contact with authorities. If approved, you will receive notification and the conditions of the order will apply immediately.