Order of Protection in Arizona
Arizona Order of Protection
If you are considering leaving an abusive marriage, you should immediately contact an attorney with experience in cases involving domestic violence issues. Domestic violence is about control. Specifically, the abusers desire to control the abused spouse through physical, mental, emotional, and financial abuse. When faced with a divorce, an abusive spouse may feel he or she has now lost that control, which may lead to an escalation in the abusive behaviors.
If you or your children are in danger, obtain an order or protection, sometimes referred to as a restraining order, before you leave.
Make plans – have somewhere to go. There are many local shelters, or you can stay with a friend or family member, or rent a home or apartment. Wherever you choose to go, do not inform your spouse where you have moved.
Take copies of all your important documents with you when you leave including driver’s license, birth certificates, social security cards, health insurance identification cards, deeds to property owned, passports, bank account information, money and credit cards, etc.
Physical and digital copies of any restraining orders or orders of protection you have in place against your spouse.
Necessary clothing and personal items.
If you are moving into a home, make sure to make it safe by installing exterior lighting and a home security system. It is also a good idea to introduce yourself to your neighbors and get to know them, so they can let you know if they see anyone on your property, etc.
Forward your mail to a post office box rather than your actual residence to provide additional protection for the location of your new home.
Inform your child’s teachers of the problem and ask to be notified if your spouse shows up on school grounds. Provide the school with appropriate documentation and copies of any court documents.
If you don’t already have one, get a cell phone. Do not give the number to your spouse or anyone who may give it to them.
Make your close family and friends aware of the situation, so that a support system surrounds you.
Chris Hildebrand wrote this article about an Order of Protection in Arizona to ensure everyone has access to information about Order of Protection laws in Arizona. Chris is a family law attorney at Hildebrand Law, PC. He has over 24 years of Arizona family law experience and has received multiple awards, including US News and World Report “Top Arizona Divorce Attorneys”, Phoenix Magazine “Top Divorce Law Firms”, and Arizona Foothills Magazine “Best of the Valley” award. He believes the policies and procedures he uses to get his clients through an Order of Protection case should all be guided by the principles of honesty, integrity, and actually caring about what his clients are going through.