After a petition for protection from abuse(“PFA”) is filed, a judge will review the petition to determine if a temporary PFA order should be granted. If the judge does indeed enter a temporary PFA, a hearing will then be scheduled (typically within 10 days) where you will be given an opportunity to challenge the merits of the PFA. At that hearing, the judge can elect to enter a final rather than temporary PFA which could be anywhere from one to 18 months. Keep in mind, a PFA is a civil remedy, not a criminal one. Only if you violate the order can it turn into criminal charges. If you have any additional questions, please feel free to call our offices. You might be best served by consulting with an attorney.
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A temporary PFA is just that, temporary. A judge has decided that your wife had grounds for a temporary order, but that does not mean that once you have had the chance to explain your side, that a final order will be entered. In the 10 years I have been doing PFA's in Chester County, I have seen this happen regularly.
To avoid problems now, you have to abide by the order. It sounds like your wife's behavior is affected by her blood sugar, which is affected by alcohol. Until you speak with an attorney, you should avoid all contact with your wife. The stress of caregiving and the special problems it can cause is really just being recognized.
I would be happy to help you, if you want to contact my office by phone 610-692-3400, or through my website www.penelopeboydlaw.com.
Penelope A. Boyd
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You will need to meet with an experienced family law attorney sobrhar you can gather the evidence that you need to defend the PFA at the hearing. Ibwould suggest that you promptly get copies of the police reports, medical records that are available, etc. so that you will be ready
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