Domestic Violence Protection (DVP) orders under RCW 26.50 serve an important part in protecting a spouse, or even a former romantic partner from misbehavior of the other party, from violence and threats of violence. Beware because they are also misused for the purpose of gaining a strategic advantage in a divorce, especially in regards to children. This is unfortunate, because then genuine threats can be dismissed as merely litigation strategy. There are “false negatives” and “false positives” all too often when our over-burdened courts make the wrong call.
These DVP orders usually are first issued “ex parte.” That means without notice to the other person until he or she is served with the proper papers. Normally a hearing will be set within 14 days from the ex parte order being granted by the court, so that the restrained person has an opportunity to present his or her side of the story.
If these orders are violated, the penalties are severe. They range from a gross misdemeanor to a class C felony. Even if you are completely innocent of the alleged domestic violence, you must obey the order unless it is changed in the full hearing. To prepare for that hearing, as the person bringing the petition, or as the person defending against a petition, you need strong legal representation to prepare your facts for the court.
Craig Mason and his team at Mason Law in Spokane, Washington, will be able to help you fully prepare for court, so that your story is heard. Call Mason Law for a consultation at (509) 443-3681 today.