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What happens after you file an order of protection?

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If you believe you or your children are in danger, you can file for an emergency order of protection. Once you file, the following happens: The perpetrator (person abusing you) is served with your complaint and a hearing date set. You and your defendant will testify, and you must prove they abused you or your…
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When you need a neutral voice

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If you were watching your favorite sports team in action, you wouldn’t be happy if the visiting coach was acting as referee, umpire, or line judge! Neutrality is expected in such circumstances. This action is described in a dictionary as ‘impartiality: the state of not supporting or helping either side in a conflict or disagreement’.…
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What is an emergency order of protection?

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This is a court order that protects you, your children, or your loved one from danger or harm by another person. Anyone can file an emergency order of protection, and it takes effect as soon as a judge approves it. Typically, the person accused of inflicting harm must be notified about the emergency of protection…
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The start of a mediation process

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Mediation is a voluntary process, where outcomes are only legally binding if later steps are taken to make them so. Nevertheless, like any process that is new to them, we know that many people are a bit wary about taking those first few steps. Therefore, it’s good to know how the process starts. During the…
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How to choose a divorce lawyer

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Choosing the right divorce lawyer is a crucial decision. It can have a major impact on the outcome of your divorce. Here are some tips on choosing the right lawyer. Honesty – You should look for a lawyer who will be upfront and give an honest opinion on cost and outcome. Experience – You want…
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What are ‘mandated reporters’?

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This is a question our team are asked from time to time regarding reports of suspected child abuse. Many different people can initiate an investigation. The list includes other family members, neighbors and friends. In terms of occupations, reports are made by medical staff, social service workers, counselors, and school administrators or teachers. However, within…
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Child custody dos

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As a parent, you’ll be committed to winning your child custody case. Unfortunately, not knowing what to do can adversely affect your chances of winning. Here are 6 dos that can help you win your child custody case. Collaborate with your ex-partner as much as possible Hire a family attorney Exercise your parental rights Recognize…
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3 reasons pre-nuptials are becoming more popular

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Thinking of consulting with a family attorney for a prenup but worried about the stigma? Don’t fret, prenuptial agreements are becoming more popular, especially among millennials. Why is this? Millennials tend to marry later in life. Marrying older means they have had more time to acquire assets and build wealth. Fear of divorce. Many millennials…
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What is a ‘No Stalking Order’?

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Technically, standard Orders of Protection are only for situations involving blood relatives, family, or household scenarios. So, how can legal protection be provided when a person believes they are being harassed by others, such as co-workers, neighbors, or even strangers? This is where No Stalking Orders (commonly known as Restraining Orders) can be obtained by…
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