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When Do Protective Orders Expire?

In Domestic Violence by Sarah Hink

For its victims and survivors, domestic violence is truly terrifying. The actions of the abuser have stripped them of their trust, their security, and any peace of mind. When the abuser is out there and remains a safety threat, one of the few tools that a victim has is to seek a domestic violence protective order (DVPO). What is a DVPO? A DVPO is a court order that restricts an abuser from being in the physical proximity of the victim, or harassing the victim via telephone, email, or mail. In addition, a DVPO may address the victim’s living situation by expelling an abusive spouse from the home. Protective orders are granted if the aggrieved party can demonstrate that a person with whom they had a personal relationship committed one or …

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Temporary Orders Protect Everyone During a Divorce

In Separation & Divorce by Elizabeth Stephenson

It is no secret that people make poor decisions surrounding separations and divorce. There are so many dynamics that make it an emotionally unstable time that even individuals with healthy coping abilities cannot help but become completely overwhelmed. These poor decisions manifest themselves in unstable and sometimes dangerous behaviors. In North Carolina, the legislature has recognized the need for stability and safety during volatile times and has granted courts discretion to enter various orders designed to establish some normalcy throughout divorce proceedings. Temporary child custody and support order. North Carolina General Statute § 50-13.5 allows a court to enter a temporary order that establishes the children’s custody arrangements during the divorce proceedings, as well as a temporary child support order to ensure that the children’s caretaker can maintain financial stability …

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Obtaining a Protective Order

In Domestic Violence, Relationships by Elizabeth Stephenson

Domestic violence in a relationship can feel terrifying, surreal, and exhausting. It can make you feel shameful, embarrassed, defensive, and helpless. However, if you are experiencing domestic violence in your relationship, there is absolutely nothing to be ashamed of and you are not alone. In fact, the laws of North Carolina establish several options to protect you, both in criminal and in civil law. Your first line of protection is the police. If you or your children are in immediate danger, you need to call 911. Law enforcement takes emergency domestic disturbances incredibly seriously. A result of police involvement can involve incarceration and the filing of criminal charges against the perpetrator of the violence. A Domestic Violence Protective Order (DVPO) In addition to police involvement and possible criminal charges, there …