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When Domestic Violence Rears Its Ugly Head

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.

Our family law attorneys’ total combined experience equals more than 35 years. Many of our clients are facing divorce, separation and/or child custody disputes. We serve clients in and around Fargo, North Dakota, including many in western Minnesota.

What Help Is There For Those Threatened Or Otherwise Harmed?

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 yourself and your family from harm.

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 seek help to ensure your family is protected. We can guide you through the process of obtaining civil remedies like protection orders.

  • In North Dakota, civil relief comes in the form of Domestic Violence Protection Orders (DVPO) and Disorderly Conduct Restraining Orders (DCRO).
  • In Minnesota, civil relief comes in the form of Orders for Protection (OFP) and Harassment Protection Orders (HRO).

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.

How We Can Help You Seek Relief

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 you, including contact through third parties such as 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.

How We Can Defend You If You Are Accused

You may find yourself on the other side of the domestic violence equation: accused and possibly charged with a crime. If you are wrongfully accused of abuse or harassment, our attorneys are here to make sure that your side of the story is fairly presented. We will help you draft responsive affidavits and appear on your behalf to ensure your rights are protected from false allegations.

Call For Help And Advice

Our family law firm is here to guide you through this and other legal issues related to disruptions and changes in your family or domestic life. Call 701-347-1383 or email us through this website to request a consultation.