If you currently live in the state of New York and are curious about orders of protection, there are a few requirements that you should be aware of:
Should you feel that an order of protection is necessary, you must show the court that the offending party is one of the following: an individual with whom you have a child; a former or current spouse; a family member by blood or marriage; or someone with whom you have/had an intimate relationship. The last category applies not just to those who are in a sexual relationship with someone, but a relationship that is much closer than a casual relationship.
In addition to describing the relationship of the offending person to you, the court must be told about incidents of harassment, including stalking, threats, and any incidents of actual domestic violence.
Getting an order of protection isn't always easy, but is a genuine necessity in many cases. If you find that you are in need of a restraining order due to violence, stalking and/or harassment, contact our law office to discuss your legal options with a Long Island family law attorney. We would welcome the opportunity to speak with you.