Order For Protection (Restraining Order)

Filing an order for protection or harassment restraining order can be an extremely emotional time. Whether the target of your order is a spouse, relative or someone you share a child with, you may feel the repercussions are too great to handle. That’s why an attorney like Jennifer Nixon who assists in obtaining orders for protection is an invaluable asset, guiding you through the entire process and providing clear, level-headed advice.

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Domestic Abuse

First, let’s clarify what domestic abuse is according to the law. If you need help and don’t feel like these guidelines include you, please contact Jennifer Nixon for assistance determining your situation.

Domestic abuse is defined in Minnesota law as any of the following acts committed by a family or household member against another family or household member:

  • infliction of physical harm, bodily injury, or assault;
  • infliction of fear of imminent physical harm;
  • terroristic threats;
  • acts of criminal sexual conduct; or
  • interference with an emergency call.


A family or household member is defined as one of the following:

  • spouse or former spouse;
  • persons involved in a significant romantic or sexual relationship;
  • parents and children;
  • persons related by blood;
  • persons living together or who have lived together in the past; and,
  • persons who have or had a child in common (born or in utero), regardless of whether they were living together or ever married.


Order For Protection (Restraining Order)

If you’ve been in a situation which can be described as domestic abuse, you – or, if the abused is a minor, a parent or legal guardian – can file an order for protection or restraining order with the court.

An order for protection acts is a civil order and can be put in effect for up to two years. An order for protection could have far reaching consequences if the person who is found to have committed an act of abuse is involved in a child custody case. Also, if they violate the order, that person can have criminal charges brought against them.

If you already have an order for protection and the person it is against attempts to violate the order, contact the police immediately.

Contact An Attorney Today To File An Order For Protection

Jennifer Nixon establishes close working relationships with clients, resulting in strong and effective representation characterized by caring and understanding.

If you find yourself in need of a lawyer for an order for protection or restraining order, please contact Jennifer Nixon to schedule an appointment.

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