Orders of Protection offer relief from violence, stalking, threatening, and in some cases can enforce obligations such as child support. In Missouri, orders of protection are filed against family members and household members primarily, but can also be filed against a non-family member in the event of stalking. These court orders protect the petitioner against actions of the individual that was served the order of protection.
If you are living under threat of violence or have endured physical abuse, follow the steps below to obtain an Order of Protection:
- File for the Order of Protection at your nearest courthouse.
- The court will review your petition and either:
- Grant an ex parte Order of Protection
- Give you a court date for a full hearing
- The respondent (whom you are filing the Order of Protection against) will be served the Order and notified of the date of the full hearing.
- Attend the full Order of Protection hearing. It is extremely important that you are on-time for this hearing. The court may deny your petition simply for being late. At this hearing, the court will either:
- Deny the petition
- Grant the Order of Protection for up to 1 year
- If the Order is granted, you and the respondent will receive a copy. A copy will also the sheriff or police so that the Order can be enforced.
There is also relief available for children who are victims of abuse with Child Orders of Protection. According to § 455.503 of the Missouri Statutes, parents and guardians can petition on behalf of their child. This process closely resembles the process for filing adult Orders of Protection.
The caring family lawyers at The Buxner Law Firm are available to help you at any stage of this process, but we do suggest retaining an attorney sooner rather than later. If you or your children have suffered abuse, you do not have to any longer. Contact The Buxner Law Firm at (314) 863-6000 today for a free, in-office consultation.