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Domestic Violence andCivil Protection Orders
Domestic Violence and Civil Protection Orders can
be toxic to a divorce.
There are two ways a protection order can be put
into place. The first occurs when one or the other spouse
claims that domestic violence occurred. In that case, the
person arrested ends up with a "Temporary Protection Order" or TPO.
That is an order from the court that prohibits the person arrested
from contacting the alleged victim. If contact by the person
arrested occurs, the result is a crime punishable by up to six
months in jail and a fine of up to $1000.00.
A TPO keeps two people from talking. Sort
of. Backchannel communications will still take place. A
friend of the person arrested will put his or her spin on what he or
she thinks is going on. That is repeated to someone else.
Another spin is added. That person might contact a third who
adds yet another spin. The alleged victim hears from this
third party and thinks he or she is hearing the words of the person
arrested. Communications collapses and a nasty divorce begins.
If you are an alleged victim or an alleged
suspect in a domestic violence, know that if you succumb to
backchannel communication you will end your chances at a reasonable
I have spent a great deal of time with the below
pages that describe both processes.
If you are the victim or alleged perpetrator and
it involves a protection order, call me NOW:
the police --
When the police are
involved and a domestic situation is criminal, Ohio laws on
domestic violence cover the situation.
Without the police --
When two people seek to obtain an order on their own, without police
involvement, then they are most likely looking for information
regarding Ohio civil protection orders.