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Can I Get a Protective Order Against My Ex to Protect My Child in Texas?

 Posted on February 06,2023 in Divorce

Cooke County Restraining Order LawyerIn Texas divorce cases, protective orders are not uncommon. Unfortunately, domestic violence and other circumstances that place the safety of others in jeopardy are, too often, key factors in a person’s desire to file for divorce in the first place. 

While getting a divorce may be an important step in distancing yourself from a partner who places you or your children in harm’s way, the divorce process can sometimes take a long time. For people who need protection sooner than later, there are options, known as protective orders, that can keep children out of their partner’s reach before the divorce is finalized. 

Who Can Obtain a Protective Order?

In Texas, there are five situations in which someone may be eligible for an order of protection. In order to obtain a protective order in Texas, one of the following details must be true: 

  • You are facing neglect, exploitation, or abuse at the hands of someone in your household or in your family. 

  • You are a high-risk adult who has a disability and faces either neglect, exploitation, or abuse at the hands of someone in your household or your family.

  • You are a minor who is cared for by someone who is being abused, neglected, or exploited at home. 

  • You reside in public housing or local shelters while taking care of someone who is abused, neglected, or exploited. 

  • You are being mistreated by the family members or people in the household of a child to whom you are the foster parent, guardian, adoptive parent, or in the process of becoming the adoptive parent of a child.

All of this is to say that you may be able to file an order of protection for your child, keeping them out of your partner’s reach. The best way to go about filing an order of protection on your child’s behalf is by hiring an experienced family law attorney as soon as possible.

Contact a Denton County Domestic Violence Attorney Today

At Magaña & Van Dyke, we have vast experience handling matters of domestic violence in the state of Texas. Our Denton divorce attorneys understand how domestic abuse can dramatically affect your family, and we know what steps to take to keep you safe. With our additional experience in criminal defense cases, we can also help those who have had protective orders issued against them.

We do not take issues of domestic violence lightly, and we focus on obtaining the best outcome possible while working to reduce your stress levels during the process. Instead of trying to navigate the process of obtaining protective orders for your child on your own, call 940-382-1976 today to schedule your free consultation with legal professionals you can trust.



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