Divorce is difficult enough, but being a victim of domestic assault or abuse makes the whole process more challenging and dangerous for you and your children. Here are some facts about protective orders in Alaska and what an order against your spouse or domestic partner can do for you.
What Is A Protective Order?
A protective order sometimes called a restraining order or an order of protection, is legal protection of a person against someone that is either threatening them or making them a victim of domestic violence. In cases where there have been threats or domestic abuse, the court determines how long the protective order lasts.
The order demands that the abuser stop any and all contact with the order holder. The no-contact order applies both in person and through the internet, telephone and mail. After you get a protective order against your spouse or domestic partner, any further contact they have with you comes with consequences for violating the order.
Penalties For Violation
There are penalties for violation of the protective order including can result in incarceration for up to one year, a fine of up to 5,000 dollars and a misdemeanor charge.
When Can I Apply For A Protective Order?
If you’re in need of an emergency restraining order and it’s outside of normal court hours, contact law enforcement. You will need to file another restraining order during regular hours to apply for a longer period of relief. You will need to file your protective order application at a courthouse during normal operating hours.
Plan For Safety
You need to make a full safety plan for you and your children in addition to applying for a restraining order. There are shelters where you can receive a safe place to stay, advocacy and counseling.
If you’re a victim of domestic abuse, don’t delay giving you and your family a better tomorrow. There are professionals and organizations to help you on your journey to a violence-free future.