Protection Orders

One of the most difficult things any family can go through is dealing with or escaping from domestic violence.   If you, or your children, need of  a protection order, we are here to help you.

In North Dakota, civil relief comes in the form of Domestic Violence Protection Orders (DVPO) and Disorderly Conduct Restraining Orders (DCRO).  The type of protection order you need will depend on the facts of your case.  Even if there are criminal charges involving your case, you may still need to obtain a protection order to ensure you and your family’s safety. 

A victim of domestic violence or disorderly conduct files a petition and/or affidavit. These documents tell the court your story and why you need a restraining order or protection order.  A temporary protection order will restrain the perpetrator from contacting or interacting with the you, including contact through third parties, including family members.  Depending on the type of protection order you receive, a court may award temporary residential responsibility (custody), supervised parenting time, use of a home, child support and/or spousal support, and attorney fees.  A hearing will be necessary and is often scheduled within 14 days of the date of the temporary protection order.

We will help you prepare the petitions and affidavits necessary to receive a protective order.  Our attorneys will appear at hearings and help you through this process.  If you are in danger, contact law enforcement first. We cannot arrest or charge anyone with a crime and your first priority should be to protect you and your family from harm.

Likewise, if you are wrongfully accused of abuse or harassment, our attorneys are here to make sure that your side comes out.  We will help you draft responsive affidavits and appear on your behalf to ensure your rights are protected from false allegations.