FAMILY LAW

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WHAT IS FAMILY VIOLENCE?

Georgia law defines “family violence” as an act of violence against past or present spouses, persons who are parents of the same child, parents and children, (including stepparents and stepchildren), or other persons who live or used to live in the same household. 

The type of violence that qualifies as family violence includes any felony, assault or battery, stalking, unlawful restraint, or damage to property. 

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WHAT ARE PROTECTIVE ORDERS?

 

A Protective Order can be issued when a person (referred to as the Petitioner) has, or has had, a particular kind of relationship with another person (referred to as the Respondent) and the Respondent has engaged in violence towards the Petitioner. 

If the Petitioner needs protection against future violence, he or she may apply for a Protective Order, which can be thought of as a “stay away” order.  This Protective Order may prohibit all contact from the Respondent.  It may order a Respondent to leave the home, and it provides for severe penalties when someone violates the order.

WHAT IS A STALKING PROTECTIVE ORDER?

 

Stalking is where one person follows, places under surveillance, or contacts another person without their consent for the purpose of harassing or intimidating them.  This contact can be in person, by phone, by mail, or electronically. 

Courts may also issue a protective order to prevent stalking behavior or to direct one person to refrain from harassing or interfering with another.  The Court may also direct either or all parties to receive appropriate psychiatric or psychological services as a measure to prevent the recurrence of stalking. 

Violations of either of these protective orders can have serious, long-term legal and financial consequences.  Also, protective orders might be in place for up to one year and in certain instances, can be extended to up to three years.

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