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Depending on your circumstances, a judge may use a restraining order to determine use of a shared home or vehicle, child custody, possession of a pet, financial support and more. Your lawyer is your advocate. We’ll help you file, guide you through the legal processes and represent you at court hearings to ensure you get the protection you need and the support you deserve.
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There are two main types of restraining orders in North Carolina: The Domestic Violence Protective Order, also known as a 50B or DVPO, and the Civil No-Contact Order, also known as a 50C.
The main difference between the two is your relationship to your abuser. A Domestic Violence Protective Order is used when you have a personal relationship with the person you’re filing against — spouses or ex-spouses, current or former dating partners, someone you have a child with, family members and current or former roommates.
If you do not have a personal relationship with your abuser, you may file for a Civil No-Contact Order.
Fill out the appropriate legal forms and file with the Clerk of Court.
Attend an “ex parte hearing” with a judge to discuss your case. After this hearing, the judge may grant a temporary “ex parte order” to protect you until the next hearing.
The sheriff “serves” the defendant (the person you’re filing against).
Attend your court hearing. Unlike the first hearing, the defendant is expected to attend this hearing. If the defendant does not consent to the protection order, the judge may conduct a trial to determine if it should be granted. This is your chance to present evidence and witnesses to prove your abuser has committed an act of domestic violence.
The judge decides if the DVPO should be granted, how long it should last and any other stipulations it should include.
Though you can file for a restraining order without a lawyer’s help, we recommend having a legal-savvy professional on your side to get the best results at every step. From the time you contact our team, we’ll work closely with you to get the protection you need.
Help us learn about your unique situation and determine the best path forward. From there, we’ll assist with completing and filing legal forms and guiding you through hearings and court dates. We understand this can be an intimidating process. We’ll be here through the entire journey to answer questions and offer advice.
And it doesn’t end when your protection order is in place. If you have questions about enforcing, extending, renewing or cancelling a restraining order, we’re just a call, text or email away.