You can ask for them at the same time, but you’ll have file a separate motion, by order to show cause, in order for the court to consider the order of protection.
The order to show cause will include an Affidavit in Support, and include copies of any documentation that support the request.
If you believe your safety is best served by including an Order of Protection as part of your divorce judgment, know that in that case, the order is permanent and will not expire.
If you share children with the other party, or believe you may one day want a relationship with your spouse, you should consider the consequences.
In many cases, the pattern of abuse is so clear cut that no second guessing is required. In others, the issues may be more subtle.
The attorneys at Zelenitz, Shapiro & D’Agostino specialize in domestic violence topics, where family law, criminal law, and divorce cases often overlap.
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