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Kansas City, MO 64111 
Phone: 816-842-4445 
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Orders of Protection


Orders of Protection

 

An Order of Protection is a document issued by a court and signed by a judge to help protect you from harassment or abuse. In an Order of Protection, a judge can set limits on your partner's behavior.

Among other things, a judge can: 

1. Order your partner to stop abusing you and your children 

2. Tell your partner to leave and stay away from your home, your workplace and your family

3. Direct your partner to have no contact with you—including no phone calls, letters, emails or messages through other people

4. Order your partner to stay away from the children, their babysitter, day care or school

In addition, a judge can: 

5. Decide issues related to custody, visitation and child support

6. Order the abuser to pay for expenses related to the abuse such as medical care and property damage

7. Decide on the division of certain kinds of personal property

8. Require or recommend that your partner attend a program for batterers

Once an order is issued, only a judge can change it. If the order includes a stay-away provision and your partner comes to your house, he or she is violating the order and can be arrested. If you want changes to an order, you must request them from the court. 

HOW CAN AN ORDER OF PROTECTION HELP?

1. While an Order of Protection cannot guarantee your safety, there are ways it may be of help:

2. Police are likely to take your calls more seriously if you have an Order of Protection

3. Your partner can be arrested if he or she violates an Order of Protection

4. If you have left your home, an Order of Protection can make it easier for you to get the police to go with you to get your personal belongings

5. If you are being stalked or harassed at work, an Order of Protection can protect you at your job

6. An Order of Protection can establish who has custody of minor children you and your partner have in common

WHO CAN GET AN ORDER OF PROTECTION?

You can get an Order of Protection if you are 17 years of age or older and have been abused by a spouse, former spouse, an adult you live with or have lived with in the past, an adult you have been in an intimate or dating relationship with, someone who is stalking you or someone with whom you have children even if you are not married or living together. 

Contact a Jackson, Clay, Platte, or Johnson County Divorce Lawyer
Contact my law firm today at 816-842-4445 to discuss your family law matter.
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Christen D. Shepherd Law Office in Kansas City, Missouri represents individuals and families in  
North Kansas City, Independence, Lee's Summit, Raymore, Pleasant Hill, Oak Grove, Grain Valley, Blue Springs, Grandview, Harrisonville, Belton, Platte City, Weston, Parkville, Liberty, Excelsior Springs, Lexington, Richmond and Kearney, located within Jackson County, Clay County, Platte County and Johnson County. 


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