Temporary Protective Orders

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Whether you are in need of protection or must defend an accusation, domestic violence is a very serious issue. You need an attorney who is compassionate and understanding of your needs and aggressive in both your and potentially your child's defense. Our attorney provides that balance in situations involving temporary protective orders (TPO).

"I hired Terri in regards to a temporary protective order and was so stressed. I've never had any issues with the law and was going crazy. Ms. Herron stepped in just when I needed her; she was dependable and aggressive. She had given me that peace of mind that I needed and assured me that I was ok. I've found my family lawyer!!!" — Client testimonial

At Terri Herron Law, we understand the sensitive nature of these cases and the need for immediate action. Our lawyer will go to extra lengths to make you feel at ease while sharing the personal details of your story.

Whether you need the protection of a TPO or need to challenge one in Georgia, contact us at 404-692-6487. We have offices in Atlanta and Snellville, but we provide services throughout the surrounding areas.

What Is A Temporary Protective Order?

A temporary protective order or restraining order is a legal document issued by a court upon petition. It protects victims of abuse, whether physical, mental or emotional. It can also include acts of harassment and stalking.

  • It often includes a no-contact order: A TPO generally bars communication, verbal and electronic, between the spouses or named parties. This includes contact by way of third parties acting on their behalf. An offending spouse may also be required to move out of a shared home. Neither party can initiate contact unless otherwise specified.
  • A TPO can, but does not have to be, granted for the children: Children are named as a protected party under a TPO when their safety is at risk. Exceptions to the parents' no-contact order exist to allow them to share information about a child or exchange the child under a parenting schedule.
  • You will have your day in court: A hearing takes place within 30 days from the date the petition was filed. At this hearing, both sides have the opportunity to share their story with the judge. The judge then has the discretion to extend the TPO for up to 12 months.
  • False accusations can have consequences: Challenging a TPO based on false allegations is important. When a TPO is in place, it could affect your parental rights, career, reputation and other aspects of your life.
  • Violating the terms of a TPO can be considered contempt.

Do Not Hesitate To Call.

Domestic violence is a time-sensitive matter. Contact us immediately at 404-692-6487 if you are in need of protection or if a petition for a TPO has been filed against you. You can also reach us through email, and we will promptly return your message.