IN Protective & Restraining Order Lawyer - Cohen & Malad

Protective Order

Indianapolis Attorneys for Protective Orders & Restraining Orders


A protective order is a civil court order that restricts the contact that a person can have with a family member or an individual with whom there has been an intimate relationship. Stalking, harassing, and threatening are just a few examples of the types of behavior that a protective order can prohibit. A protective order requires that the other party (respondent) refrain from indirectly or directly contacting the petitioner of the order or stalking, harassing, or threatening their family members.

With a protective order in place, local law enforcement would have the ability to make an arrest if prohibited behavior occurs and criminal charges could be filed.

In some divorce proceedings, a spouse may request a protective order out of concerns for their safety and that of their children when domestic abuse or violence is an issue. Protective orders are valid up to two years from the date of issuance and can be renewed.

Restraining Order

In Indiana a restraining order is not the same as a protective order. A restraining order is a civil court order that can include different provisions pertaining to property, child custody, and child support issues.

Your Rights

The length of time that protective orders and restraining orders are in effect can vary based on the particular situation.  You should consult with a knowledgeable Indianapolis family law attorney to understand how a protective order can assist you.

An experienced Indiana protective order attorney at Cohen & Malad, LLP can advise you of your rights and options in filing a protective order. Each case is different and each person has different needs. Contact our family law attorneys to talk about how a protective order can help in your situation.