Q: My spouse has been abusive to me and/or our children. Can I get a restraining order placed against my spouse until our Maryland divorce proceedings are finalized?
Yes! No one should have to live in fear for his or her own safety, nor for the safety of their children. Maryland protective orders are intended to protect victims in all types of situations, including the victims of an abusive marriage.
In a situation where abuse is present, an interim or temporary protective order may be granted immediately until a hearing can be held and a permanent protective order put into place.
A protective order, both temporary and permanent, prohibits the abuser from any of the following:
- Abusing you or anyone else listed in the protective order
- Threatening or harassing you
- Trying to contact you
- Coming into your home or wherever you may be temporary living
- Coming to your workplace
- Coming to your children’s school, if they are listed in the order
A protective order also gives you temporary possession of the house and custody of your children (if child abuse is suspected) and any pets.
Domestic abuse in Maryland should not be taken lightly. If you or a loved one has been the victim of abuse, go immediately to the nearest district court or commissioner’s office to request a protective order.
You may also want to enlist the help of an experienced Maryland divorce lawyer to help you determine the best, fastest way to petition for divorce. To speak with an attorney today, call 800-875-9700.