You hear a lot of phrases thrown around regarding “restraining orders” and the like. Well, typically in the family law arena, one is referring to a protective order. A restraining order does exist to curb general activities of an individual that the Judge believes are inappropriate or just flat out wrong during the pendency of a lawsuit, but protective orders are set apart for protection of individuals who are suffering from abuse, physical or emotional, or the threat of abuse – be it bodily injury, assault, sexual assault or threats of such to a spouse, child, or individual of a household. Lloyd Law Firm takes protective orders seriously, due to their nature alone and the consequences such an order can have on the ultimate outcome of a case. We seek them and we defend against them, as the case may warrant. Protective orders can ultimately be violated, but such violations are punishable criminally, as the orders are enforced by police. Having a protective order against you may limit your ability to receive full custody of your children or owning/purchasing firearms. The ramifications are significant and the effects can be long-lasting. Lloyd Law Firm can provide an honest assessment of your rights in these matters.