Helping people in Utah gain safety and relief from abuse
In most circumstances, the court system moves very slowly. But for victims of domestic abuse and their children, procedures exist to provide prompt relief and protection from an abusive spouse, partner or other individual. Protective order attorneys in Salt Lake City help clients obtain legal protection for themselves and their children when they face an imminent risk of danger. At Intermountain Legal, our dedicated practitioners fully understand the gravity of these situations, which is why we act quickly to seek protective orders for clients at risk. But we also realize that protective orders are sometimes misused, and we have represented respondents in these proceedings against unwarranted allegations of abuse.
Obtaining a protective order
Protective orders are available to individuals over the age of 16 who have suffered abuse or fear abuse at the hands of a family member, cohabitant, partner, spouse or other individual with whom there is a preexisting relationship. While these cases often involve allegations of violent physical abuse, a protective order attorney in Salt Lake City may be able to help victims of stalking, threats and other menacing conduct as well. Moreover, a legitimate fear of abuse is usually sufficient to obtain a protective order even if no actual abuse has yet occurred. A temporary protective order becomes effective almost immediately but must be reviewed and made final, usually within 20 days. An adult may also obtain a child protective order on behalf of a minor child.
What is a protective order and what can it do?
A protective order stops or prevents future incidents of abuse by enjoining — legally prohibiting — certain conduct by limiting the alleged abuser’s contact with the victim. These orders can make it a crime for the abuser to come to your home and work or have contact with you or members of your family. An order may also prohibit an alleged abuser from possessing weapons or obtaining access to essential property such as vehicles. It also establishes temporary spousal support and child custody frameworks. While orders of protection are not a substitute for a permanent divorce decree or custody order, Salt Lake City protective order lawyers can help victims or those at risk for domestic violence promptly extricate themselves from the situation while still preserving some financial stability.
As practitioners of family law in Salt Lake City, our team at Intermountain Legal is ready to assist clients living in fear of abuse. Our principal protective order attorney in Salt Lake City, Hailey Black, has helped clients gain safety and security through temporary protective orders and then successfully argued to make those orders permanent.
Call the firm for a free consultation about obtaining a protective order
Our compassionate and dedicated team at Intermountain Legal is here to provide support and advice during even the most difficult domestic disputes. Call our office today at 801-990-4200 or contact us online to schedule a free 30-minute consultation to discuss your family law matter.
Intermountain Legal is located in Salt Lake City, UT and serves clients throughout all of Northern and Central Utah including Salt Lake City, Midvale, Sandy, West Jordan, North Salt Lake, Bountiful, South Jordan, Clearfield, Woods Cross, Draper, Farmington, Centerville, Layton, Ogden, Lehi, Provo, Orem, Park City and the counties of Davis, Salt Lake, Weber, Utah, Tooele and Summit.