Child Protection Orders in St. Louis
St. Louis Attorney
In the presence of abuse, a parent can file a child protection order to prevent a child from suffering further harm. This is a key area of family law for our firm. To make sure your child has the full protection that our legal system has to offer in the face of sexual abuse, emotional abuse, or physical abuse, call St. Louis attorney Jack Cavanagh to discuss obtaining a child protection order. We can also contest unfounded protection orders based off false allegations of abuse or domestic violence.
A child order of protection is similar to an adult order of protection, but it is filed on behalf of a minor child, usually by a parent to protect the child in question from abuse. This is a court order that requires one person to stop harming another. It can be entered in the county where the abuse occurred or the county where the victim resides.
About Child Protection Orders
A child protection order generally prohibits the accused abuser from entering the home where the victim resides or from communicating with the victim. Depending on the case:
- Some protection orders will outline other prohibited activity.
- Once filed, the order is issued ex parte – without a hearing.
- This initial order is temporary, until a hearing can be held.
- A hearing will be held within 15 days to determine whether the ex parte order will be made into a full order of protection.
- A full child order of protection may be issued for a time period lasting no more than one year.
If a child custody order is already in place, an order of protection cannot be entered against a parent. To change a custody order, a motion to modify custody or visitation will need to be filed.
Serving Clients in St. Louis, St. Charles & Chesterfield
If you need to obtain a child protection order, need help enforcing an order, or have had an order filed against you, St. Louis lawyer Jack Cavanagh is here to provide experienced counsel. We can protect your interests and your child’s well-being.
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