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In what ways will a restraining order protect you?

When you feel trapped in an abusive relationship, you may be considering turning to California's court system to file for a restraining order. There are different types of restraining orders available, and each type can accomplish different things.

According to the California Courts, a restraining order can do many things to boost your safety, as it's an official court order. The most well-known use of a restraining order is to keep an abusive partner from contacting you, your children, members of your family, or any people living with you. Not only will that person be unable to contact you physically, but they also aren't allowed to email, text, or call any of you, either. This will apply to both your home and workplace.

You can evict an abusive person from your shared living space with a restraining order. They may be ordered to return certain property, to pay bills, or to pay for child, spousal, or partner support. If they haven't been adhering to a visitation order or child custody schedule, a restraining order can force them to do so. They may be disallowed from making changes to insurance policies. They can even be barred from having a gun while the restraining order is in place, which could reduce their level of threat.

If you fear for your well-being because of of a partner, then you might find it necessary and beneficial to look into filing for a restraining order as your next step. Contacting an attorney to see what your legal options are can be a good place to start.

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