Temporary Restraining Orders

Maryland law places a high priority on keeping families safe. Whenever allegations of domestic abuse arise, Maryland judges have the authority to issue temporary restraining orders. These orders are called Ex Parte orders, meaning that the person on whom the order is issued (the alleged abuser) does not have to be present at the hearing.

What Is A Temporary Restraining Order?

A temporary Petition For Protection prevents the individual named in the order from seeing a romantic partner or children whom the court believes are in danger from domestic violence. It can also prevent that person from living at the same home as family members and romantic partners.

An Ex Parte proceeding is not a criminal matter. This is important for two reasons:

  • Finding that domestic violence is a possibility does not mean the person named is guilty of a crime
  • Because it is not a criminal proceeding, the standard of proof is not "beyond a reasonable doubt." Instead, a judge may issue a temporary Petition for Protection when he or she finds it is more probable than not there is a danger of domestic abuse

Mediation May Resolve Issues

Sometimes, a restraining order allows people the time and space they need to let cooler heads prevail through mediation. Whenever possible, we try to help clients avoid unnecessary litigation when mediation has a chance to spare families the emotional and financial toll of a courtroom battle.

Are Children Involved? We Can Help.

Based in Baltimore, Maryland, our attorneys provide compassionate counsel to individuals and families in domestic violence cases involving spousal abuse, child abuse, neglect and molestation. Take action to protect your children from the physical and emotional toll of domestic violence, and talk to a child custody attorney at Engel Law Group P.C..

Turn To Us For Legal Guidance During This Tumultuous Time

Ex Parte proceedings can be frightening, stressful events for everyone involved. Whether you are seeking an order of protection or wish to contest one, there is a lot at stake.

Our lawyers have a vast amount of experience in both criminal defense and family law matters. We can walk you calmly and objectively through your legal options. We can put Ex Parte proceedings into perspective and ensure your family's safety is put first and your legal rights are protected.

Call us for a free consultation about your next steps involving a restraining order. We are ready to help. You can reach us confidentially online or by calling 877-463-0488 toll free or 410-449-2928 locally.