Need an Order of Protection?
Chesterfield Family Law Attorneys—(636) 742-1418
If you are the victim of violence or stalking by a current or former spouse
or significant other, the St. Louis family law attorneys at Pedano, O’Shea,
McGavic & Hogenmiller, LLC are here to guide you through the process
of obtaining an order of protection for yourself and your children. We
also defend individuals accused of domestic violence or stalking and are
up against unfair orders.
Orders of protection exist for both children and adults to protect individuals
in Missouri from acts of domestic violence. Child orders of protection
are similar to adult orders but are typically filed by parents on behalf
of their child.
Domestic violence is the stalking or commission or attempt to commit abuse such as:
- Sexual assault
- Unlawful imprisonment
Orders of Protection & Ex Parte Orders
In Missouri, emergency relief may be granted by the court based on the
statements of the victim if the court believes this victim’s safety
must be immediately protected, and this relief is called an ex parte order
The ex parte order will last a brief period of time until a hearing can
be scheduled so the other party can defend their case and present their
side of the story. At this hearing, the judge will decide if the order
of protection should be extended, typically for six months or one year.
This order of protection can be automatically renewed for an additional
year as well.
Get the Advocacy You Need
Often when parties are engaging in other litigation, such as a
paternity case, tensions are high and orders of protection may be used to gain a
strategic advantage in the case. Specifically, an order of protection
may be used to remove one party from the residence, to obtain an order of
child custody or
child support, or to get payment for household bills while removing the other individual
from the location.
Although there is a finite duration to the order, the effects are long
lasting. If a judgment of full order of protection is granted against
you, this could appear on background checks and criminal history forever.
This is why it is imperative that you are properly defended against a
frivolous order of protection.
If you have had an order unfairly secured against you, it may be time to
retain legal counsel. Whether you are the individual facing or obtaining
the order, going through this time alone is not advised. Our firm is here
to provide the counsel you are seeking!
If you are in need of trusted legal guidance during this time,
call our office right away.