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Seek Protection from Domestic Violence

Domestic violence can erupt at any time, but the stress of an impending divorce often provokes such outbursts. In our family law practice at Hope Law Firm, we often have to assist clients in getting protective orders from abusive spouses. We file many of these orders on an emergency basis under Iowa Code Chapter 236. If you sense that you are in danger of domestic abuse, don’t hesitate to get legal protection. We can help you take advantage of provisions in the law that protect you and your children.

Contact us online or at (515) 298-5056 immediately if you need assistance with a protective order.

Understanding Chapter 236 Protective Orders

Iowa law anticipates emergency situations arising when the court is unavailable after the close of business on a weekday or during the weekend. At those times, a petitioner may file an emergency petition with a district judge or district associate judge.

The petitioner must show good cause for the court to issue a protective order from domestic abuse in an ex parte hearing. Basically, you – accompanied by your lawyer – meet the judge without notice to the alleged abuser, who would not have the right to appear and argue against you. If the judge is convinced you face a present danger of domestic abuse, you can get an emergency order that is good for 72 hours. That gives you time to petition for a temporary order when the court reopens.

Our Des Moines domestic violence attorneys help clients get emergency orders, temporary orders, and permanent orders of protection.

Temporary Child Custody in Emergency Situations

When you file for a Chapter 236 Protective Order, you can request that the court grant temporary custody of your children. Courts are willing to grant this request if for no other reason than to prevent children from being used in a tug-of-war between parents. Take advantage of this legal protection to keep your children safe, then work with our child custody lawyers to obtain a permanent order.

Contact Our Des Moines Protective Order Attorneys for Emergency Assistance

Don’t ignore a present danger of domestic abuse. Keep you and your family safe with an emergency protective order. Hope Law Firm is ready to help.

Call us at (515) 298-5056 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation.

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