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Can you get a protective order against in-laws during a divorce?

| Jan 18, 2019 | Divorce

No divorce is easy for anyone involved, and that includes the two families caught up in the crossfire. It can be hard for in-laws to stay out of your business during this stressful time, which can lead to hard feelings and even calls to the police.

With any divorce, there’s going to be heightened emotions, so it’s important to try to calm yourself before you do anything that you could regret later. However, if you’re being threatened, harassed or otherwise abused, it’s in your best interests to seek out a protective order.

Can you get a protective order against your in-laws?

Interestingly, protective orders can be used against anyone who is harassing, stalking or otherwise intending to harm or scare you. Many of them are temporary, which means that they may be enforced for just a few days until there is a hearing. This can be a good option for family members of your ex-spouse who are continuing to harass you, so they get the message that enough is enough.

It’s not always advisable to use a protective order against in-laws, but harassment and violence do sometimes occur when people get caught up in the heat of the moment. Sometimes, getting the law involved is a good way to protect yourself and show the other side’s true colors.

Your attorney can help you if you’re being stalked, threatened or harassed by your spouse or others. Don’t let this situation become unbearable; There are solutions that can help you reduce conflict in the situation and help you move on to a better life.