Trusted Restraining Orders Attorneys in Santa Monica, California

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At Fernandez & Karney, our Santa Monica family law attorneys know that restraining orders can provide essential legal assistance for victims of domestic violence and their children, and we want to help them obtain this important protection so they can stay safe. We also know that some Californians are accused under false pretenses and need our help defending against a restraining order.

In either case, our experience as restraining order attorneys in Los Angeles County ensures proper legal procedure, effective representation, and protection of our clients’ rights and safety.

With knowledgeable attorneys boasting over 120 years of combined legal experience, we are highly experienced in dealing with every aspect of California family law, giving you the confidence that your case is in capable hands.

If you are in danger and would like to pursue protection through a restraining order or are seeking to enforce an existing restraining order, contact our skilled family law attorneys in Santa Monica during a confidential consultation today to learn more about our approach to family law cases. Fernandez & Karney is a full-service family law firm that can assist you with any family law matter, regardless of its complexity.

California Restraining Order Clients Do Fernandez & Karney Represent

What Types of California Restraining Order Clients Do Fernandez & Karney Represent?

Our restraining order attorneys in Santa Monica can guide clients through the complex legal process of obtaining or defending against a restraining order. We also assist clients in understanding their rights and the implications of a restraining order and ensuring compliance with all legal standards.

At Fernandez & Karney, our dedicated lawyers represent clients throughout California, including:

Victims Seeking Protection

  • Filing a Restraining Order: Victims of domestic violence, stalking, harassment, or abuse may need our attorneys to help them file for a restraining order to protect themselves and their family members.
  • Ensuring Proper Documentation: We can assist in gathering and presenting the necessary evidence and documentation to support the restraining order request, increasing the chances of approval.
  • Navigating the Legal Process: The legal process for obtaining a restraining order can be complex and intimidating. Our lawyers can guide the victim through each step, ensuring all legal requirements are met.

Protecting Children

  • Child Custody and Visitation: Restraining orders can impact custody and visitation arrangements. Our attorneys can help ensure that the restraining order appropriately addresses the safety and best interests of the children involved.
  • Emergency Orders: In cases where immediate protection is needed, we can assist in obtaining emergency restraining orders to safeguard children from imminent harm.

Defending Against a Restraining Order

  • Challenging False Allegations: Individuals who have been falsely accused of abuse, harassment, or violence may need our attorneys to defend against the restraining order and clear their names.
  • Legal Representation in Court: We can represent the accused party in court hearings, presenting evidence and arguments to dispute the allegations and prevent the restraining order from being issued.

Modifying or Terminating a Restraining Order

  • Changing Circumstances: If the circumstances that led to the issuance of a restraining order have changed, our lawyers can help either party seek a modification or termination of the order.
  • Compliance and Violations: We can assist individuals accused of violating a restraining order, helping them navigate the legal consequences and defend against any charges.

Stalking and Harassment

  • Persistent Threats: Victims of stalking or ongoing harassment can seek legal protection through a restraining order. Our attorneys can help present a compelling case to demonstrate the necessity of the order.

Our skilled attorneys can help craft a restraining order that comprehensively addresses all necessary protections, including stay-away orders, no-contact provisions, and custody arrangements. Ensuring that all legal procedures are correctly followed is crucial for the validity of a restraining order. We can help avoid procedural errors resulting in the order’s denial.

In addition, we can provide legal advice to help individuals understand their rights and options when dealing with situations that may warrant a restraining order. We offer advocacy and support, ensuring our clients’ voices are heard, and their interests are represented throughout the legal process. Contact our dedicated Santa Monica restraining order attorneys today to protect your rights and safety.

What are the Different Types of Family Law Restraining Orders in California?

In California, several restraining orders exist, each designed to address specific situations and protect individuals facing various forms of harm or harassment.

The family law restraining orders include:

  • Emergency Protective Order (EPO): Provides immediate, short-term protection when law enforcement believes someone is in immediate danger of domestic violence, child abuse, abduction, or elder abuse and lasts up to seven calendar days. This can include orders to move out of the home, stay away from the victim, and provide other necessary protections until a longer-term order can be obtained.
  • Domestic Violence Restraining Order (DVRO): Protects individuals from abuse or threats of abuse from someone they have a close relationship with, such as a spouse, former spouse, cohabitant, dating partner, or close family member and can last up to five years and can be renewed. They can include personal conduct orders, stay-away orders, and orders for the abuser to move out of a shared residence.
  • Temporary Restraining Order (TRO): This type provides short-term protection until a court hearing can decide on a longer-term order. It typically lasts 20 to 25 days until the hearing. This includes personal conduct orders, stay-away orders, and other protections.
  • Permanent Restraining Order (PRO): Issued after a court hearing, this order provides long-term protection for individuals facing ongoing threats or harassment. It can last up to five years and can be renewed. This can include various orders tailored to the victim’s needs, such as stay-away orders and personal conduct orders.

Each type of restraining order provides specific protections and can vary in duration and scope to meet the needs of the individual seeking protection. Allow our experienced Santa Monica restraining order attorneys to help determine which protection suits you and your family.


Contact Our Experienced Santa Monica Restraining Orders Attorneys

If you are seeking a restraining order or would like to defend yourself from false allegations of domestic abuse, speak with a dedicated family law attorney in Santa Monica at Fernandez & Karney as soon as possible.

Our law firm founder and managing partner Steven Fernandez is a Certified Family Law Specialist by the State Bar of California, Board of Legal Specialization.