The Law Behind Personal Protection Orders in Michigan
Even rational, law-abiding people sometimes lose control at a stressful time such as during the breakup of a marriage. Separation or divorce is never an easy matter for most people. Financial pressures, strained relationships with children or in-laws and the threat of a painful separation can cause ordinarily caring and rational people to snap and do and say things that they would never have expected from themselves.
If You Are Seeking an Order of Protection
It is important to consider the ramifications of a personal protection order before seeking one — and what steps to take to maximize personal security. Requesting a personal protection order as a tool of revenge is likely to backfire.
Requesting an order of protection when there is good reason to fear for one's safety, however, is often appropriate. A trustworthy Farmington Hills family law attorney is an invaluable ally and advocate at a time like this.
If you need a personal protection order, you have the option to go to court on your own to ask for an ex parte order in an emergency. An experienced family law attorney is a valuable source of information and advocacy at a time of marital or family disruption.
If an Order of Protection Has Been Issued Against You
Being named in a personal protection order has significant legal ramifications that can affect your employment, reputation and education.
When an ex parte PPO is obtained (an order without a hearing), it is automatically placed into the lien system and becomes immediately enforceable, even if the subject has not been formally notified of its entry.
A petition to rescind or modify the PPO must be filed within 14 days, so time is of the essence in responding to these orders.
A PPO may ban a person from his or her own home and children, making it extraordinarily challenging to go about daily life normally. If you have been named in a PPO, you are advised to consult with an attorney to learn how best to get it rescinded or modified promptly if the facts warrant that.
Contact a Detroit Domestic Violence Defense Lawyer
Our Detroit-area family law attorneys welcome inquiries and questions regarding personal protection orders in Michigan, as well as other relevant family law matters such as temporary spousal support and child support orders while a divorce is in progress.
Call 888-757-1681 or email us to schedule a consultation. We handle cases in the Detroit metro area and across Michigan.
If your spouse has locked you out of the house, or if you are worried that your spouse or partner may take your child out of town or out of the home without your knowledge or permission, consult with an attorney as soon as possible.