When your ex-spouse has filed a restraining order against you for any reason, it's very important for you to respect this legal order. Violating any condition of the restraining order will require you to appear in court, where you may have a charge of contempt of court. There may be times that you wish to circumvent the restraining order, but you'll need to do so legally. This involves hiring a defense attorney who has experience successfully getting restraining orders lifted for his or her clients. The attorney may be able to petition the court to lift the order for a short period of time. Here are three scenarios in which you should try to get the order lifted.
1. Your Child Has A Serious Illness
If you're co-parenting with the ex-spouse with whom you have a child, living under the conditions of a restraining order can be difficult. Things can seem impossible, however, if the child were to develop a serious illness. You'll want to be at the hospital with the child, but doing so while your ex is present would represent a violation of your restraining order. Your best option in this scenario is to hire an attorney right away, explain the time-sensitive nature of your issue, and ask the attorney to speak to a judge as quickly as possible.
2. There's A Death In The Family
If someone in your extended family has passed away, a logical step that you'll take is to attend the funeral service. However, if your ex was close with that person and continues to maintain a relationship with some of the family members — even if there's a contentious relationship with you — you can't afford to show up at the funeral and find out that your ex is present. This is another time to quickly hire legal representation to get your restraining order lifted long enough to allow you to attend the funeral.
3. You Need To Meet With Your Ex
There are all sorts of scenarios in which you may need to meet with your ex for some particular reason. For example, perhaps you still co-own real estate together, and you wish to sell it. Doing so requires at least a discussion over the phone — and a phone call can often violate a restraining order. Talk to your attorney about the situation that you're facing, but hold off making contact with your ex in any manner until your attorney has been able to get the restraining order lifted.
For more information, contact a law office like Law Offices Of Harry G Lasser today.