Hello, my wife filed a restraining order against me to stop me from spending time with my children, claiming I beat my children. Family court just informed me that I have a mediation date set for this Friday, however, I have the restraining order stating I cannot go within 300 yards of my wife/children. What should I do?
There is a specific exception to the restraining order to allow people to attend court and mediation. You may be within 300 yards of her, but you still may not address her directly.
Mediation will most likely be conducted separately, with each of you taking turns in the mediator's office.
Again: Go to mediation, but DO NOT TALK TO YOUR WIFE directly, or the bailiffs may arrest you.
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First of all, you should speak with legal counsel. Many times people receive what they believe are restraining orders and really they are requests for orders, not the orders themselves. Someone has to carefully review the documents you received. In order for your ex to receive immediate emergency restraining orders, fairly severe facts with some evidence supporting the same would have to be presented. In any event, you should contact the mediator and indicate that there is the possibility of an outstanding restraining order. You need to schedule a separate and distinct mediation meeting with the mediator, at a time when your ex won’t be present.
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