Family Law And Protective Orders

Many divorces and family law disputes are uncontested matters where couples decide it simply is not working. Others, however, hold on much longer than they should have, or perhaps there were incidents of mental and perhaps physical abuse that made the situation untenable.

Either working with civilian or military clients, Christopher D. Thomas Attorney at Law can work with clients facing these tense situations where issues may also include spousal abuse. Regardless of citizenship, everyone has the right to a safe living environment free of physical, sexual or mental harm. Temporary restraining orders (TRO) involving family members or spouses are filed in Hawaiian family court. If you feel you are in immediate danger, call 911.

When Should Restraining Orders Be Issued

Sometimes people cannot or do not want to behave respectfully. Instances of going too far with you or family members include:

  • Verbal abuse
  • Physical abuse
  • Stalking
  • Online stalking or bullying
  • Sexual violence

What A Protective Order Can Do

The courts take the threat of harm or harm as a serious matter that will cross over to criminal law. Orders passed by the courts provide protective guidelines that may include the following:

  • Evict individuals out of the family home
  • No unsupervised visits with children
  • Cessation of all contact
  • Enforcement of delinquent support payments, possibly through wage garnishment
  • Comply with the previously arranged custody arrangement
  • Mandate for the offending party to undergo counseling

We Can Help In Your Time Of Need

Lawyers are not policemen who can arrest a spouse. However, they can help with paperwork to file a court order. They are also comfortable with the complex negotiations that protect your individual and parental rights in a court of law. We try to keep the stress levels of all our family law disputes calm and constructive. However, sometimes we need to dig in and work our way through the case to a final decision regardless of emotions and complexities.

Contact Us To Discuss Your High-Conflict Dispute

Our office is in Honolulu, but we serve civilian and military clients throughout Hawaii. Call 808-379-3541 or use our website to schedule a free and confidential consultation.