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What to Do if You’re Served With a Protective Order

Receiving a protective order can be a challenging and overwhelming experience. A protective order can have a significant impact on you and your family.

Unfortunately, the consequences of not following a protective order can be costly, so it is essential to learn about what comes next after being served with a protective order.

Here’s what you should know about protective orders in Virginia and what it means for your future.

Understanding the protective order

Take the time to read and understand the protective order served upon you carefully. It is essential to familiarize yourself with the terms, restrictions and expiration date outlined in the document. Understanding these details will help you navigate the situation more effectively.

Complying with the protective order

It is vital to comply fully with the protective order. Violating the order can have severe legal consequences. Abstain from any contact or communication with the individual who obtained the order. Refrain from visiting places mentioned in the order, such as their residence or workplace. Adhering to the order’s terms demonstrates respect for the legal process.

Fighting a protective order

Reach out to an experienced legal professional as soon as possible. They can provide invaluable guidance and support throughout this challenging time. A knowledgeable attorney will help you understand your rights, explain the protective order’s legal implications and advocate for your interests.

If you believe that the protective order was obtained against you unfairly, you may be able to fight it. There are a few things you can do to fight a protective order:

  • Hire an attorney. An attorney can help you understand your legal rights and options, and they can represent you in court.
  • File a motion to dissolve or modify the order. This means asking the court to either end the order completely or change some of the terms of the order. You will need to file a written motion with the court and provide evidence that supports your request.
  • Attend a hearing on the order. If the person who obtained the order wants to keep it in place, they will need to go to court and ask the judge to do so. You will have the opportunity to attend the hearing and present your side of the story.

It is important to remember that fighting a protective order can be a long and difficult process. However, if you believe that the order was obtained unfairly, it is important to fight for your rights.

Family law and custody concerns

If you have concerns about family law and custody matters resulting from the protective order, it is crucial to address them promptly. Your attorney can assist you in understanding the impact of the order on your current custody arrangements. They will work with you to explore possible modifications to visitation schedules or help you navigate a custody evaluation if necessary. Their expertise and guidance can help you protect your relationship with your children during this process.

Collecting evidence and preparing for court

If you decide to contest the protective order, collaborate closely with your attorney to gather any evidence that supports your case. This may include text messages, emails or other documents that counter the allegations against you.

Being served with a protective order can be a challenging and emotionally draining experience. Remember to seek legal and emotional support as you navigate this situation. You are not alone; resources are available to help you through this difficult time.

jack t randall

Written By Jack T. Randall


As lifelong resident of Western Tidewater, Jack Randall is a local attorney who wants the best results for his clients. He is an experienced and aggressive attorney with focus on family law, criminal and traffic law, as well as personal injury law cases.