Protective orders are an available resource to you if you are going through a divorce and you feel unsafe around your spouse or another person. While there is a need for the state to investigate these claims to determine if a protective order is fair, Washington has a process in place to keep people safe immediately.
Washington courts have four types of protection orders, so it is important for you to know which one to apply for if you feel you need one.
Domestic violence order for protection
This is what you might think of when you imagine a protective or restraining order. These orders prevent further harm by ordering distance between you and the other person; they may grant you use of a vehicle, and they might even order the family member to attend counseling.
These orders do not facilitate child support or alimony. As the Washington courts state, if the situation merits it, a judge may grant an immediate restraining order the same day you make the request.
These types of orders are broader and deal with property issues, child support or spousal support. These orders come into cases of divorce and paternity and may help protect your assets from your spouse disposing of them during your separation.
These orders do not require a petition since they are part of a criminal act. These orders are there to protect you while a criminal case is going on.
Civil antiharassment order
These orders often apply to people who are not married or related to each other and put distance between you and someone else if he or she harasses you but the situation has not evolved to assault or threats.
Your safety is paramount, and there are options for you. If you need an order during a divorce or just to put space between you and a harmful person, Washington allows you to obtain the protection you need.