Domestic Violence

Domestic violence cases are treated very seriously in Georgia and in some divorce cases we find it necessary to ask the  court to issue a Family Law Protective Order. The danger of serious violence is at its highest point when a person acts on a decision to leave an abusive relationship.

This order prohibits the offender from having contact with the victim for a specified period of time. If a person is found to violate a restraining or protective order, he or she could be jailed and charged with a separate crime, including aggravated stalking.

Domestic violence in the simplest terms is abuse by one partner against he other in a marriage or other intimate relationship. All types of physical attack including pushing, shoving, hitting, sexual assault, and other physical violence are all forms of domestic abuse. The law also covers stalking, intimidation, isolating a partner from others, withholding money and all types of emotional abuse as domestic violence.

There are two types of family violence protective orders in Georgia. Temporary ex parte orders are intended to protect you from the abuser until the court schedules and conducts a hearing and family violence protective orders are issued after a court hearing in which you and the abuser both have a chance to tell your sides of the story and present evidence to the judge.

You can receive a temporary ex parte order without a court hearing and without the abuser’s prior knowledge. A hearing is mandatory before you can receive a long-term family violence protective order.  

Warner Robins divorce attorney Lynn Hamilton Johnson can help you understand the Georgia domestic violence laws and take steps to get protection orders in place when necessary.

An ex parte family violence protective order can:

A final family violence protective order can:

Temporary Protective Orders carry serious consequences. Violating a Protective Order could result in arrest and incarceration.  If a Protective Order is granted following a hearing, the Respondent’s name becomes public record in Georgia’s Protective Order Registry and is available for viewing by prospective employers and the community at large.

Whether a judge orders any or all of the above depends on your need for protection and the facts of your case. If you live in fear because of family violence, contact Lynn Hamilton Johnson at 478-922-3889 immediately.