Restraining Order / Protective Order in Texas

Understanding restraining and protective orders is crucial for individuals dealing with family law cases in Texas. These legal directives can impact your life significantly and must be addressed promptly and appropriately. In this guide, we explain these legal instruments and how America Family Law Center can assist you in navigating these issues.

What is the difference between a Civil Restraining Order and a Protective Order in Texas?

Restraining Order & Protective Orders

Both restraining orders and protective orders are legal instruments used to protect individuals from harassment, stalking, or harm from others. The primary difference between the two is the nature of the protection they offer and the penalties for violation.

A civil restraining order, often issued during divorce or custody proceedings, is temporary and aimed at preserving the status quo until the court makes a final decision (Texas Family Code). On the other hand, a protective order is a more extended and enforceable order that protects victims of violence, abuse, or harassment from further harm (Texas Attorney General).

What is the difference between a Civil Restraining Order and a Criminal Restraining Order in Texas?

While civil restraining orders are typically involved in civil proceedings like divorce or child custody cases, criminal restraining orders are issued in criminal cases. A criminal restraining order, also known as a "no contact" order, protects victims of crimes from further contact or harassment from alleged perpetrators (Justia).

What is a Civil Restraining Order in a Family Law Case?

In Texas, a civil restraining order in a family law case is a court order issued to prevent changes in child custody, property disposal, or harassment among family members during ongoing legal proceedings. This type of order is usually temporary and designed to maintain the peace and preserve the status quo until a final court decision is reached (Texas Family Code).

What is a Protective Order?

A protective order, also known as an order of protection, is a legal injunction issued by a court to protect a person from domestic violence, stalking, or harassment. It prohibits the abuser from contacting or approaching the protected individual and carries severe penalties if violated (Texas Courts).

Why is a Protective Order so Serious?

Violating a protective order in Texas is a criminal offense that can result in jail time, fines, and a criminal record. It may also impact child custody decisions, your job, and your reputation in the community (Texas Attorney General).

America Family Law Center is Recognized as a Leader in Helping People Defend against a Protective Order

America Family Law Center is a nonprofit law firm known for providing comprehensive legal services to individuals facing protective orders. Our mission is to guide our clients through these complex legal proceedings and ensure their rights are protected.

America Family Law Center has Lawyers with Expertise in both Restraining Orders and Protective Orders

Our experienced legal team understands Texas laws and has a track record of successfully representing clients in matters of restraining orders and protective orders. We are dedicated to providing exceptional service and achieving successful outcomes.


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