A personal protection order (also known as a PPO, restraining order or protective order) is a court injunction that prevents contact with the victim or orders the subject to refrain from certain activities. A PPO may be issued for actual physical violence or sexual violence, for threats, or for stalking or harassing behavior that creates fear. The PPO may be directed at a spouse or partner, an ex-spouse or dating partner, a family member or roommate, or a co-worker or acquaintance. Sometimes, the order is directed at an estranged or ex-husband who is stalking or harassing the new boyfriend. A PPO can also be obtained on behalf of children who are in danger of abuse or kidnapping by a parent
Our family and domestic law attorneys commonly file for protection orders on behalf of divorce clients when there has been domestic violence, to make a clean break and prevent dangerous confrontations. We are also hired after a PPO hearing has been set, to contest a bogus or overly restrictive order or to make sure that a temporary restraining order remains in effect against a person who still poses a threat.