Orders of Protection

Missouri Order of Protection
and Ex Partes Lawyers

Orders of protection — also referred to as ex partes, protection orders or restraining orders — are designed to protect victims from domestic violence. Under appropriate circumstances, the court may enter orders of protection in favor of adults or to protect children.

These court orders can be powerful tools to protect yourself or a child from abuse or stalking, but you must ensure that you handle the process properly and present the court with sufficient evidence to enter the order. While there are many people genuinely in need of protection, orders of protection are often sought improperly and the process can be abused. Regardless of your situation, the attorneys at Harper, Evans, Wade & Netemeyer have more than 100 years of combined experience. They can efficiently and effectively handle these matters to protect you and your loved ones.

Harper Evans Wade & Netemeyer attorneys specialize in family law across Missouri.

What To Do If You Have Been The Victim Of Domestic Violence

Our Missouri order of protection lawyers help victims of domestic violence and stalking. Whether you are personally victimized or you are seeking to protect a child, we will help you properly prepare your petition, and will aggressively represent you at the court hearing that must take place within 15 days of filing your petition. A full order of protection can prevent your abuser from entering your home, even if he or she resides in the home with you.

The terms of the order can also prohibit contact in any form or through any means. Finally, the order can contain provisions regarding child support, spousal support, other financial assistance, custody orders and more. If your abuser attempts to violate the order, he or she will face serious consequences that may be criminal in nature.

Have You Been The Target Of An Order Of Protection?

If someone has filed for an order of protection against you, you have the right to a hearing within 15 days. We are sympathetic to the fact that these cases may involve false allegations and attempts by spouses and other parties to gain the upper hand in a divorce or child custody dispute. Our goal is to prevent false allegations from seriously impacting your life. Even if there were legitimate grounds for filing, you will want to discuss the matter with a lawyer to ensure that you understand your rights and obligations. The consequences of the entry of a full order of protection against you can be serious. We will fight to protect your interests.

Contact Our Columbia Restraining Order Lawyers

To schedule a consultation about orders of protection, call us at 573-442-1660 or send us an email. We are happy to meet at your convenience.

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Columbia, Missouri Divorce and Family Law Attorneys

At Harper, Evans, Wade & Netemeyer, you will find attorneys with more than 100 years of combined experience handling family law matters for people in Columbia and throughout central Missouri. We are passionate about using our experience to help you achieve your goals during this difficult time in your life.

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