Important things to remember if a DVO is made against you.
Having a DVO put against you is a big deal. It can force you to move out of your house, stop you from having any contact with your partner, and stop you from being able to go near your partner, amongst other things.
You need legal advice as soon as you have been served with an Application for a Protection Order or been given a Police Protection Notice. These are very real documents that can have dire consequences on your life and freedom.
You must go to Court if you want to be heard. People are often told that they do not have to go to Court. While you won’t get in trouble for not going to Court you will also not be heard on what the DVO means to you and what your side of the story is. The matter will be heard without you and a final decision will be made without you, which will be a DVO.
Do not send a nasty texts or emails or make a nasty phone call after you have been served. Often you won’t be allowed to contact the other person and by sending the nasty communication you may be breaching the Temporary Protection Order, which will be a criminal offence. You may also be giving the other party ammunition against you.
Do not post to social media or talk to your friends about the DVO. DVO proceedings are confidential. It is an offence to publish or communicate certain information about the proceedings and you may be liable for criminal prosecution if you do. Even if your posts and discussions aren’t considered criminal offences you may be giving the other party evidence against you.
If you have been forced to move out of the family home you won’t be allowed to move back in, even if the aggrieved agrees and you have reconciled. You must get the Court’s permission otherwise it is likely to be a breach of the DVO and a criminal offence.
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