How to Get a Restraining Order During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Unfortunately, domestic violence cases have been on the rise over the last couple of months. Many people believe that this is at least partially due to stay-at-home orders across the state of New Jersey, though of course the heart of the issue goes far deeper than that. That being said, if you are a victim of domestic violence, you should know that you are not alone. Even though courts are temporarily closed for “non-essential” matters, domestic violence cases are still being heard and quickly dealt with. Victims of domestic violence must read on and reach out to our New Jersey family law attorneys to learn more about how we can help you. Here are some of the questions you may have:

How do I get a restraining order during the COVID-19 pandemic?

If you are currently in a house with a violent individual, you should first wait until you have a moment alone and then call or otherwise notify the police. When you speak with them, clearly explain your situation so they fully understand its urgency. Your explanation should prompt them to speak with a municipal judge immediately. From here, you will be granted a temporary restraining order against the violent person, which will protect you and your family until your next court date, which will be within 10 days.

At this court date, they will decide whether they will make the TRO permanent. That being said, it is generally best to retain the assistance of an experienced Bergen County family law attorney who can help you gather and present all the evidence needed to prove your domestic violence accusation. This evidence can include pictures, videos, text messages, emails, medical records, and more. Depending on your case, you may appear either in person or through a teleconference/video conference.

For any additional questions, please give our compassionate Bergen County firm a call today. We are always here to help.

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At Townsend, Tomaio & Newmark, our attorneys have extensive experience helping clients to understand and protect their legal rights before, during, and after the divorce process in towns across New Jersey and Bergen County, including Hackensack, Ridgewood, Paramus, Teaneck, and Fort Lee. To speak with our team of divorce lawyers today in a free and confidential consultation regarding your concerns about your divorce, please contact us online, or through our Hackensack, NJ office at (201) 397-1750.

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