If there is someone in your life that is threatening the safety of you, your family, or your workplace, a restraining order might be your only solution.
Restraining orders are ordered by the court and prevent a person from performing a specific action, which usually prohibits them from approaching or communicating with you.
If you need to file for a restraining order, it’s important to know which type of restraining order you need. Keep reading to learn about the different types of restraining orders, so you can move forward with the process and stay safe.
Civil Restraining Order
Civil restraining orders involve general harassment, issues with neighbors, and other civil issues.
If someone you know (not a family member) threatens you with violence or acts violently towards you, filing for a civil restraining order is your course of action.
If you need to file a restraining order against a roommate, it’s important to note that this restraining order does not force them to move out. You’ll have to complete the eviction process before they are forced to leave the residence.
Oftentimes, the person you are filing the restraining order against may want to defend themselves in court. If that’s the case, you’ll definitely want a lawyer by your side. Learn more here about how a lawyer can benefit you in this process.
Workplace Violence Restraining Order
Do you have an employee that has threatened you or your employees with violence, or has even acted violently in the workplace?
If so, you’ll want to file for a workplace violence restraining order.
It’s important to note that only an employer can file for a workplace restraining order. These orders are generally filed if a current or past employee has acted violently or threatened violence to others in the office.
If you’re an employee in need of a restraining order against a fellow employee, you’ll need to file a civil dispute instead.
Family Restraining Order
Family restraining orders are common for those who are trying to escape an abusive partner. If your partner has harmed you pr threatened violence, you can file for a family restraining order to keep them away from you and prevent them from communicating with you.
You can also file a family restraining order against a sibling or a parent that has threatened or abused you.
Dependent Adult/Elder Abuse Restraining Order
This type of restraining order applies to those who are over the age of 65 or who are dependent adults. This population is often abused emotionally, physically, and financially due to age and status.
If someone is abusing you or someone you know due to their age or disability, filing for a dependent adult/elder abuse restraining order will prevent any future abuse, communication, or interaction.
So, Which Type of Restraining Order Do You Need?
Now that we’ve covered each type of restraining order, you should have a better understanding of which one you need. If you are still unsure about the restraining order process, it’s best to consult with an attorney who can help you navigate the court system.
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