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WILL A RESTRAINING ORDER AFFECT MY DIVORCE CASE IN CALIFORNIA

Couples get divorced every day in California for a variety of reasons and circumstances. Often, restraining orders are involved, covering one former spouse, the other, or both. In California, there are temporary restraining orders as well as permanent orders.

What are restraining orders? How can the Law Office of Steven M. Bishop help me?

In California, you can ask for and be awarded two types of restraining orders: temporary and permanent (a permanent restraining order can remain in place for up to 5 years). Restraining orders are a legal document which prevents one party from performing certain acts against another party; generally, one party will be prevented from communicating with or contacting the other party. The specific orders will vary based on your case's unique facts. With nearly 40 years of family law experience, Steven M. Bishop can help you obtain a restraining order if you feel threatened by your spouse, former spouse or dating partner.

How will a restraining order affect my divorce?

Divorce cases where there are restraining orders in place often involve parties who have a history of domestic violence or allegations of violence. Restraining orders often will restrict one partner's ability to live in or enter the marital home, which can impact that party's ability to access personal or marital property. A restraining order also may put in place temporary child custody arrangements or visitation schedules. These temporary schedules may impact the child custody orders of your final divorce decree. When a restraining order is present in a divorce case, it is often a sign that there has been violence between the parties, or that one party is not behaving properly towards the other. Whether you are seeking a restraining order against your soon-to-be former spouse or partner, or whether they have sought or been granted one against you, it is important that you retain an experienced family law attorney right away.

Restraining orders should never be taken lightly and should never be ignored or violated. Violations can result in severe penalties, including criminal charges and jail time. Violations can certainly impact a divorce proceeding, and can affect what spousal support, child custody and visitation is awarded to each party.

For nearly 40 years, the Law Office of Stephen M. Bishop has been representing clients across San Diego county on a variety of marital issues, including restraining orders. He has helped partners seek protections against abusive partners and spouses, and he has aggressively defended parties who have been falsely accused of domestic violence by the other party to get a "leg up" in a divorce. Whatever your situation or circumstances, Steve M. Bishop is the experienced, compassionate and knowledgeable divorce and family law expert you need.

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