What You Need to Know About Family Court Orders of Protection in Nassau County
There is nothing worse, or more inexcusable than being afraid in your own home. If you are a victim of domestic violence, you must continue reading and speak with our experineced Nassau County family law attorney to learn more about how our firm can help you receive a final order of protection from your abuser. Here are some of the questions you may have:
What is the purpose of a Family Court Order of Protection?
There are three types of orders of protection due to domestic violence in New York State: criminal court, family court, or Supreme Court. That being said, family court orders of protection are issued in civil proceedings, with the goal of putting a halt to any violence occurring between family members or those who have intimate relationships. Family court orders of protection will have to be against one of the following individuals:
- Your current or former spouse
- An individual with whom you have a child
- Someone you are related to, either by blood or by marriage
- Someone with whom you have an intimate relationship with.
How do I get an order of protection in Nassau County?
To get an order of protection, you will first file a form known as a Family Offense petition, which will establish you as the petitioner and the alleged abused as the respondent. In this petition, you should record as many incidents of violence that you remember. Abuse comes in many forms, so you should be sure to report any instances of verbal, physical, or sexual abuse you can remember. Be as detailed as possible when describing your recollection of each incident.
How are temporary and final orders of protection different?
Initially, when you file for an order of protection in Nassau County, you will receive a temporary order of protection from the abuser, though this order only lasts until the final order of protection hearing. As long as you and your attorney can prove the incidents of domestic violence occurred, you should receive a final order of protection from the court. This order will last for anywhere up to 5 years, and can also include medical expenses you’ve incurred due to the abuse, restitution, or even for the abuser to participate in a batterer’s education program or drug/alcohol counseling. If you have any additional questions, please do not hesitate to speak with our experienced Nassau County family law attorney today. Our firm is here to help.
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