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    If you live in Pensacola and have been abused by your spouse or ex ­spouse, you can request a protection order through the court as a way to halt the abuse. This legal order, also referred to as a restraining order, is an injunction issued by the court that orders your abuser to stop the abuse and avoid any contact with you.

    Four Types of Protection Orders

    In the state of Florida, there are four types of protection orders that can be issued covering four different types of violence. The type issued is based on the relationship of the victim and their abuser.

    • Domestic ­ for those who are married, been married or have a child together, a protection order for domestic violence would be most applicable.
    • Dating – when abuse has occurred between people who’ve never lived together and do not have a child together.
    • Sexual – when there’s been sexual abuse involved, this type of order would apply.
    • Repeat – protection order for two or more incidents of violence from any other relationship, such as a neighbor or acquaintance.Filing a Protection Order in Pensacola

    If you have valid reason to seek an order of protection, don’t hesitate to file for this protection. You’ll need to prepare your petition, which will ask for personal information pertaining to you as
    the petitioner and the accused as the respondent. This will include:

    • Home addresses
    • Work addresses
    • Information about your child(ren) if applicable
    • Physical description of the respondent

    You’ll need to fill out what is called the allegation paragraph. This is where you will detail your relationship with the respondent and what incidents of violence have occurred, along with the dates of when those incidents occurred. This part of the petition is very important because the judge will use this information to decide whether to grant the order. It may be in your best interest to consult with an attorney if you’re unsure of how to complete your petition.

    Most petitions are viewed by a judge on the day they are submitted. If the judge decides your allegation is valid, they will grant a 15­day temporary restraining order that will be in force until a court hearing is held. The respondent must then be served with the temporary order. Once your case reaches trial, both sides will need to present evidence as to why or why not the order should be made permanent.