Domestic violence is a growing and serious problem throughout Missouri and throughout the United States. These acts of violence can have disturbing and permanent effects on the victim. And children are most vulnerable in violent households. Studies show that children who observe acts of domestic violence are 15 times more likely to be victims of physical abuse themselves than those children in homes without domestic violence.
Victims of domestic violence, abuse and stalking may seek the court’s protection. The court may issue an ex parte order of protection to prohibit the abusive person from having further contact with the victim(s). An ex parte order is an order that is granted by the court when the victim applies for a full order of protection, even though the alleged abuser has not yet had an opportunity to tell his or her side of the story. The court will then schedule a hearing to determine whether full order of protection should be entered.
An application for an order of protection is an important legal matter, not only because it provides victims with the opportunity for protection, but also because the parties’ testimony and the court’s decision may be used again in the future. If the court finds that abuse occurred, that finding may be used in future divorce proceedings and child custody disputes. If you are the victim, protect yourself and your children. If you need a powerful St. Louis protection order lawyer to defend you or a loved one against domestic violence, abuse, stalking or any other situation that calls for the court’s protection, you need to contact St. Louis divorce lawyers McChesney & Ortwerth.
McChesney & Ortwerth want you to get protected as quickly as possible and at an affordable cost. Our client’s safety is our top priority. We are affordable domestic abuse lawyers in St. Louis and offer a free consultation to men and women in and around St. Louis, Missouri looking for a protection order.