Grand Rapids Personal Protection Order (PPO) Lawyer

Protecting parties from physical harm or the dissipation, sale, or hiding of assets.

Personal Protection Orders (also referred to as PPO), injunctions and restraining orders are an important part of the legal services we provide. Injunctions and restraining orders are entered by the family court judge to protect parties from physical harm, or dissipation, sale, or hiding of assets. Often these restraining orders are mutual, applying equally to both parties.

In our experience, it is important to enter these orders in many of the Grand Rapids divorces we handle. As mentioned, not only do they protect parties, there is really no adverse consequence to either party unless that party violates such an order. Our routine is to counsel our clients never to violate any court order, particularly an injunction or restraining order. Any of our clients who do not understand the nature of such an order should consult with us promptly to avoid possibly violating the order.

Personal Protection Orders

Personal Protection Orders have also become common in divorce and other relationships. If a person has been assaulted and/or threatened, and applies for a Personal Protection Order, that order will often be routinely signed by the judge. Unlike injunctions and restraining orders (which can only be enforced by a judge), Personal Protection Orders can be enforced immediately by law enforcement authorities, usually including the arrest of the offending partner.

Our firm is often most involved with Personal Protection Orders in either advising a client to seek one, or defending against the misuse of a Personal Protection Order by the opposing spouse. In addition, our involvement is also more significant due to the number of significant prohibitions contained in Personal Protection Orders, often including any direct contact with the spouse who obtained the Order.

Restraining Orders

A restraining order may be issued by the court as a temporary matter until there is a scheduled court appearance. The court appearance would be requesting the court to convert the temporary restraining order to a more long-lasting injunction prohibiting some conduct by one or both parties. A restraining order is often granted without notifying the opposite party first, particularly if there is a claim of immediate harm. An injunction is usually granted after a court appearance, where both parties have an opportunity to present their view points regarding the court’s entry of an injunction. As described above, Personal Protection Orders have more significant consequences than do typical restraining orders and injunctions. In addition to prohibiting contact with the petitioner and the ownership of firearms, a Personal Protection Order is subject to immediate enforcement by the police, which can result in the offender’s immediate arrest, if a violation occurs. Restraining orders and injunctions are generally not immediately enforced by law enforcement.

Serious Consequences

Due to the frequent entry of Personal Protection Orders, injunctions and restraining orders, Robert B. Relph has significant experience in advising clients, and in representing them in court regarding the issuance of these orders. Due to the serious consequences of these orders as outlined above, it is important for the client to have experienced counsel in the implementation and management of these orders; significant experience we are prepared to provide.

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