When Domestic Discord Goes Legal

Unfortunately, arguments and more elevated situations can be common occurrences between spouses, former spouses or other family members. Sometimes a heated argument can unexpectedly become an actual physical fight. Disruptive episodes and fears are common in connection with a divorce or separation. Domestic violence or family violence may include:

  • Verbal abuse in person or in writing
  • Threats of violence
  • Throwing objects
  • Shoving, yanking and other rough treatment
  • Choking
  • Actions resulting in pain, bruising, broken bones, broken teeth, blunt force injuries, broken skin and other bodily harm
  • Threats or attacks with weapons of deadly force

When There May Be An Arrest

If someone calls the police, there will likely be an arrest, even if the accuser recants and asks for charges to be dropped. Whether or not the police are involved (yet), you may have reason to believe that someone close to you is likely to do you harm. If you have been a target of domestic violence or if you need to prevent anticipated wrongdoing, your safety has to be your top priority. Contact D. Charles Fulcher, Attorney at Law, LLC, for help filing a temporary protective order (TPO) or restraining order.

When You May Need A Protective Order

Your need for a TPO may or may not be the result of a domestic violence arrest against your significant other. A TPO can address more than just forcing someone to stay away from you.  It can address your rights to property, payment of expenses, preventing the sudden draining of joint financial accounts and custody and child support of children. 

A TPO can also address issues of Stalking.  Georgia law defines stalking as following, placing under surveillance, or contacting another person without the consent of the other person for the purpose of harassing and intimidating the other person.  In today’s society, this tends to occur electronically through computers and cell phones more than it does in person.  Regardless of how it occurs, if it is not for legitimate purpose and it places you in fear of your safety, you may need to obtain a Stalking TPO.  

With almost 15 years of experience, family law attorney D. Charles Fulcher is ready to assess your situation and take action to protect your safety. With a TPO in place, you will have legal recourse if the threatening person steps out of line again and makes you feel unsafe.

When You Are The Target Of Allegations Or A Restraining Order

You may find yourself on the other side of the equation. Your spouse, live-in partner or next-door neighbor may have taken out a restraining order against you. Sometimes Temporary Protective Orders are sought in order to gain leverage in another case – such as divorce.  Naturally, you want to avoid an arrest and clear your name. You also need to reclaim your usual access to your home, children and personal property and don’t want to be unfairly saddled with paying expenses. Mr. Fulcher can help you get your life back to normal. He can also defend you aggressively if you face criminal charges.

Get Help From An Experienced Lawyer

Whatever your situation or concerns on either side of the coin regarding a TPO or restraining order, contact our law firm. Call 706-314-8068 or send an email inquiry through this website. We will respond promptly and schedule a consultation for you right away.