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What does a restraining order protect you from?

If you are in a volatile relationship where your safety is at risk because your partner is threatening you, a restraining order may be something you have considered. Getting a restraining order in Florida can be a valuable tool in giving you some peace of mind, an added measure of protection and an extended opportunity to depart from a toxic relationship. 

Before you begin the process of filing for a restraining order, it may be helpful to familiarize yourself with the protections you may be provided. According to LiveAbout, some of the purposes of a restraining order include the following:

  • A judge may look at your case and require your abuser to undergo a professional counseling or treatment program in conjunction with the restraining order.
  • A judge may require your abuser to be escorted by authorities should he or she need to return to your home to retrieve personal belongings.
  • Your abuser will not be allowed to have any contact with you. This provision may be extended to cover other people who you feel may be at risk as well.
  • You may be awarded temporary custody of any children you share with your abuser. Depending on your situation, the custody arrangement could be permanent.
  • Your abuser may be required to pay for any medical costs or other consequences that you are suffering as the result of abuse that you have been the victim of. 
  • A judge may require that your abuser permanently leave the residence you have shared.

The information in this article is intended for educational purposes only and should not be taken as legal advice. 

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