There are few offenses worse than domestic violence. If you are someone who is a victim of domestic violence, your primary concern should be both you and your children’s safety. Unfortunately, with stay-at-home orders now in place in the wake of COVID-19, many people do not know how to proceed. Please continue reading and speak with our knowledgeable New Jersey family law attorneys to learn more about temporary restraining orders and how we can help you get one.
How do I get a restraining order during COVID-19 in New Jersey?
Courts in New Jersey are now closed to all cases deemed “non-essential,” which worries many individuals with pressing legal matters. However, fortunately, if you are a victim of domestic violence, courts are still actively taking these cases, as your safety is of paramount concern. To get a TRO, the first thing you must do is submit your domestic violence case with your local police department, where you may apply for a TRO. When you do so, explain the order and the circumstances of your case to the police. This should ensure your case receives immediate attention. Once you do, they will reach out to a municipal court judge, who will grant you a temporary restraining order.
From here, you should have a final court date scheduled 10 days from filing. Before attending this hearing, you must gather various forms of evidence needed to prove that the temporary order should be made permanent. This can include text messages, pictures, videos, and anything else that may prove your case. We can help you collect this evidence, and advise you through the process, if necessary. This hearing may be conducted in person or over the phone/a video conference, as long as your court is conducting such proceedings at this time. Just because there are stay-at-home orders, you should not feel trapped with an abusive person. Your safety is critical. If you have any additional questions, please do not hesitate to speak with our experienced New Jersey family law attorneys today.
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