“Family is supposed to be our safe haven. Very often, it’s the place where we find the deepest heartache”
— Iyanla Vanzant
When you are faced with the crisis created by domestic violence, you need attorneys you can trust. The lawyers at McCabe Russell, PA, have more than 25 years of experience representing clients in domestic violence matters – whether it’s a protective order matter or a peace order matter.
Who Can Get A Protective Order or Peace Order?
The law offers victims of domestic violence remedies from court either through a peace order or through a protective order.
- Protective Orders are available if the abuser is:
- Someone you are married to, or used to be married to;
- Someone you had a sexual relationship with and lived with for at least 90 days during the 1-year period before you filed for the protective order (known as a “cohabitant”);
- Someone related to you by blood, marriage, or adoption; or
- Someone you have a child in common with; additionally,
- A parent, step-parent, child or step-child of you or the abuser can file for an order if s/he lived with the abuser currently or used to live with the abuser for at least 90 days during the 1-year period before you filed for the protective order.
- Peace Orders are available in multiple situations (so long as the abuser is 18 years or older at the time of the abuse) including where the abuser is:
- a boyfriend/ girlfriend who you do not have a child in common with and who you do not live with;
- a neighbor;
- a co-worker;
- an acquaintance;
- a stranger;
- a parent, stepparent, child, or stepchild who you do not currently live with and you have not lived with for 90 days or more within 1 year before the filing of the petition… so long as the abuser is 18 years or older at the time of the abuse.
You can apply for an initial peace order (a “temporary” or “interim” order) at any time of day or night. If court is not open, you can apply for an order through the district court commissioners’ offices.
A variety of relief is available through a final protective order including obtaining a stay-away order against the abuser, custody of your children, an order to surrender firearms, and certain types of financial support.
Attorneys On Your Side
McCabe Russell, PA, has successfully represented and defended clients in peace and protective order proceedings. To reserve a consultation in our Fulton (Howard County) office or our Rockville (Montgomery County) office, please call 443.812.1435 or fill out our contact form.