How can an order of protection help me?
In both a temporary order of protection and a final order of protection, a judge may order*:
- the abuser not to commit any criminal acts against you;
- the abuser to stay out of your home or the home you shared together;
- the abuser to stay away from your work, school, or other places you go;
- the abuser not to contact you directly or through someone else.
- temporary custody or temporary visitation rights for any minor children you have with the abuser;
- child support for any child you have in common with the abuse;
- temporary financial support for you (if you are married to the abuser);
- that the winning party compensate the other party for reasonable attorney fees;
- that one party have custody or care of a pet in the home;
- anything else that the judge thinks will help keep you or your family and other household members safe, which can include that the abuser not injure, mistreat, molest, or harass you or threaten to do any of those things.**
Note: In addition, if you share a cell phone with the abuser and the abuser is the account holder, you can ask the judge to transfer the account into your name. You can request this in the first court hearing or in any subsequent hearing. However, you have to prove to the judge that you and any minor children in your care are the primary users of the wireless telephone number(s).***
Whether a judge orders any or all of the above depends on the facts of your case.
* Ark. Code § 9-15-206(b)
** Ark. Code § 9-15-205(a)
*** Ark. Code § 9-15-218(a)