WA State: Snohomish Co: Can I get a restraining order against my ex who I have a parent plan with if the abuse is horrific?
I have told him countless times not to contact me in a derogatory fashion, only about our son. On he goes for over a year.
This is not acceptable by law and I want a restraining order.
We have a parent plan and joint custody, although I am primary parent. My rights as a US citizen should be that I have the right to a restraint order due to the ongoing horrific harassment, right?
Do I have the right and is it likely I will be granted a restraining or anti-harassment order?
Also, what type of penalties/fines should I ask for? I want to be compensated for the abuse forced upon me.
Just because we have a kid together does not mean that I have to sit here and tolerate this sort of abuse, right?
1 attorney answer
If you or your child are in immediate danger you should call the police. You may seek an immediate restraining order. Simply go to the court house and ask the clerk for the forms.
In a family law case, you can ask the court for a domestic violence Order for Protection or an Order for Protection - Unlawful Harassment.
For immediate protection, contact the clerk of the court for more information. You can ask the court for a Restraining Order. You can also ask the court to prohibit weapons and to order the other party to surrender weapons to the police or sheriff.
A court may grant an Immediate Restraining Order (Ex Parte) the same day as the request is made, even without notice to the other party, if necessary to provide safety. The court may grant a Temporary Family Law Order and Restraining Order after a hearing, with notice to the other party, and the orders can stay in effect until your case is final (at which time the restraining order can be extended).
You can use the find an attorney function on this website to locate a skilled domestic violence attorney in your area.