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Temporary & Final Restraining Orders

If you are experiencing harm or the threat of harm from acts such as assault, harassment (including verbal abuse), stalking, or other threatening behavior, by a spouse, former spouse, or a person with whom you have or had a dating relationship, you have recourse by filing a restraining order against them under The Act for the Prevention of Domestic Violence in New Jersey. A restraining order is a legal means of keeping such a person away from you and your family or they will face possible criminal action. If you need to protect yourself, or a restraining order has been filed against you, speak with our experienced Bergen County domestic violence attorneys who are ready to help you.

At Sherwood & Johnson, LLC , clients have access to a firm with over 60 years of combined experience in Bergen County family law matters including obtaining and defending against restraining orders. In that time, we have successfully handled countless family law issues and we have learned what the most effective strategies are in accomplishing our client’s goals. Trust Sherwood & Johnson, LLC to handle your restraining order with advocacy, compassion and professionalism.

What can a restraining order do for me?

If you have been harmed or are in reasonable fear of future harm, a N.J. Court may first issue a temporary restraining order (TRO), and then schedule a hearing for a final restraining order (FRO) shortly thereafter to determine whether permanent protections should be put into place based upon the preponderance of the evidence.

A temporary restraining order (TRO) can do the following:

  • Prevent the perpetrator from returning to the scene of the domestic violence pending final hearing
  • Remove and keep the perpetrator from keeping any firearms
  • Give you temporary custody of any children you may have with the perpetrator, or possession of any animal owned or kept by you;
  • Provide for emergent support for a short duration;
  • Any other assistance or relief the judge believes to be appropriate

Final restraining orders (FRO) can also give you:

  • Sole possession of the home
  • Temporary custody of your minor children
  • Temporary possession of personal property such as a car, checkbook, ID, keys, etc.
  • Emergency financial support from the abuser including support for your children

You can file a petition in the county you live in, where the defendant lives, or where the alleged abuse occurred.

Protect Yourself and Your Future in New Jersey

Our Bergen County family law attorneys are seasoned in handling family law matters and related legal issues. When you need advice as to what your next legal step should be if you have experienced abuse, or if you have been falsely accused of domestic violence and a restraining order has been filed against you, we can fight to exonerate you.

Whatever your needs regarding restraining orders in Bergen County, call Sherwood & Johnson, LLC.