Four Surprising Things You Can Achieve With A Restraining Order Against An Abusive Partner

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One way of dealing with an abusive partner is to get a restraining order against him or her. As you probably know, such an order will bar him or her from making any contact with you, either physically or via mail or phone calls. What you may not know is that there are many other useful functions of a restraining order. For example, you can use it to get your abusive partner to leave you alone:

Leave Your Home

If you live with the abuser, then a restraining order may be drafted to force him to leave the house. This is possible even if you both own the house, or it is in his or her name. Note that you will only have a temporary possession of the house as you seek for a permanent solution to the problem.

Give You Temporary Child Support

In some jurisdictions, you may also be granted temporary custody of your children, as well as child support. This provision can come in handy if the abuser is the temporary breadwinner in the family. This means you don't have to risk living with an abusive partner merely because he or she is the one who pays the rent.

Get Help

If you care about your partner and would like to get him or her some help, then you can also use the restraining order to do so. For example, you can petition the court for a clause that requires the abuser to attend domestic violence counseling. You can even go to the counseling sessions with him or her, but it isn't a requirement on your part.

Pay for Abuse-Related Damages

Lastly, you can also use the order to avoid paying for damages related to the abuse. For example, if your partner is abusing you financially, then the restraining order may order him or her to settle the bills that are due right away. If you were hurt due to physical abuse, then he or she may also be required to pay for your treatment. Other examples include paying for counseling (after emotional abuse), loss of earning or even relocation expenses (if you have to move out of the house).

Note that each jurisdiction has laws regulating what a restraining order may or may not include. Therefore, before you decide on what to do, you ought to consult a domestic violence attorney and run your wishes by him or her. That way you can craft a restraining order that is both effective and legal. To learn more, contact a company like with any questions you have.


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