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Understanding Temporary Restraining Orders (TRO)

A temporary restraining order (TRO) is given by the court in the event that a person is believed to be causing harm to you or is stalking you. Here in the state of New York, this is called an Order of Protection, which essentially will be a legal document that is to act as a barrier between you and the undesirable person who wants to harm you. In many cases a TRO is used in domestic violence situations, though not always. You may have a co-worker who is continually harassing you, or an ex-boyfriend who won't stop following you home at night, etc.; or you can be married and fearful for the safety and wellbeing of yourself and your children.

What can this document do for you? While it cannot physically stop someone from coming after you, it will act as a legal warning that if they do come near you or hurt you that there will be consequences for their actions. In the event a judge approves a TRO the person it is filed against will kept from having any form of contact with you in person, over the internet, phones, etc. from you or anyone in your family. Not only does a TRO protect you as a person, it can also act as a shield for your property such as coming close to your home or near your car or places that you go to like work, your child's day care or school and the like. Under any circumstance that the person violates the order, you can contact the local police for them to enforce the document by requiring them to live or even putting them behind bars.

These orders can be made against anyone who is seeking to threaten, harm or otherwise cause you to feel threatened or harassed. Domestic violence includes not only husbands or wives, but also against ex-spouse, girlfriends, boyfriends, civil union partners, or other relative. As stated previously, while domestic violence is often times the situation for these orders, that is not always the case. In order to file a TRO you will want to contact a family lawyer in Long Island in order to petition the county court.

At the Meyers Law Group, we have extensive experience working with those who feel that their life is being threatened in a domestic violence situation and we can help you seek the legal protection that you will need in this time. Not only that, but we can help you go about the process to file for divorce and seek after child custody over your children in order to protect them from the dangerous person if it is a spouse. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you.