Legal Help for Victims
If you or your child face an immediate and present danger of abuse, we can petition for a temporary order for protection. It is not necessary to involve the other party at this point; the court can conduct an “ex parte” (i.e. “without the party”) proceeding resulting in temporary and fast protection. An emergency petition may be filed with your local district justice or with the family division at your local court house.
An ex parte order can prevent the alleged abuser from entering property, contacting minor children and approaching the claimant. And the order and its protection remains in effect until the court conducts a hearing, usually within a few days.