In other jurisdictions around the country they may be called restraining orders or orders of protection, but in Tennessee orders issued by courts in domestic violence cases are generally called protective orders. These orders often impose significant burdens on the individuals who are accused of committing domestic violence against the alleged victims and this post will discuss just how invasive these orders can be.
Foremost, a protective order may force an alleged aggressor out of their home. They limit the contact that accusers and alleged aggressors may have with each other and as such a person may be required to vacate their family home due to the terms of an order of protection.
Additionally, a protective order may prevent a parent from spending time with their child. Depending upon the structure and reach of the document, the alleged aggressor in the case may be barred from being with or contacting their spouse, their kids and others who are allegedly involved in their domestic violence case.
Protective orders can impose these burdens on alleged aggressors for a long time. Generally protective orders are issued for a year but they can be set to longer periods if the courts who hear their requests decide to do so. That means an alleged aggressor may have to permanently move out of their home and may lose touch with their loved ones for no fault of their own.
If a person violates their protective order they may be held in contempt of court which brings with it more negative and detrimental consequences. When facing a protective order, it is a good idea for individuals to seek the counsel of attorneys who understand the important details of Tennessee domestic violence law.