Orders of Protection Lawyers Serving Kansas City
Content Reviewed by Kristin Siegel, JD | Attorney at Law
When a situation has reached a point where you no longer feel a child is safe from a spouse, guardian or relative, your best course of action may be to seek out an order of protection. You may seek an order of protection from acts, attempts or threats from a family or household member or intimate partner, or from acts of stalking. Guardians may also seek orders of protection for children for the same reasons. Our attorneys in Lees Summit have had great success in getting protection orders for clients who feel a child is at risk. As with any situation involving family law, your best chance to defend yourself is to have an attorney represent you and your child’s best interests. An order of protection is treated and handled as a serious matter with lasting effects on custody, support, visitation and more at Leonard Rodarte Siegel.
Orders of Protection Law Lees Summit MO
In Missouri, an order of protection is defined as an order that restrains a person from committing or threatening to commit domestic violence, stalking, or sexually assaulting a child who is 17 years of age or younger. An order of protection carries with it criminal penalties if the offending party (respondent) is to violate the order. All protection orders are effective throughout the state of Missouri in all counties and cities. When filing for an order, it is important to know that there two types of orders of protection: an ex parte order of protection and a full order of protection.
Ex parte orders are a temporary order of protection that are granted by the court before an official hearing may have been heard. If granted, this temporary order will be in effect until the full process has begun and evidence is heard by the court. In proceedings, the requester is known as a ‘petitioner’ while the party being named by the order is the ‘respondent.’ A full order of protection can only be issued after a formal court hearing and the respondent has been officially notified of the order request. Evidence is presented by both sides at this hearing and the outcome will be decided by a judge. If a full order is granted it will be for a specific period of time of at least 180 days, but not to exceed one year. At the same time the full order is granted, a judge may also modify things such as custody, support, visitation and offer relief such as maintenance.
An order of protection in the state of Missouri is honored by all 49 other states should a party re-locate after an order has been issued. Should you have any other specific questions regarding an order of protection in the state of Missouri, a Leonard Rodarte Siegel attorney can advise you to the intricacies of the child protection system.
How can a Lawyer help with Orders of Protection
While a lawyer is not required for an order of protection hearing, an attorney’s advice and expertise during an order of protection hearing can be invaluable either in defense of the petitioner or respondent. More often than not, issues arise with child support, child visitation, child custody and more at the same hearing where an order of protection is issued or denied. An attorney will understand the courtroom process, paperwork and more during an order of protection decision. At Leonard Rodarte Siegel we know the correct procedures for submitting evidence and calling witnesses during a hearing. We will help you to understand your rights and advise on the most effective way to collect and present evidence to the court. As with any other family law matter, the best interests of the child are front and center and will be the number one priority for your attorney at Leonard Rodarte Siegel.
Contact us Today for an Order of Protection Consultation
Our order of protection attorneys have assisted many clients in establishing protection for their children or wards in Missouri including Cass County, Clay County, Jackson County, Johnson County, Lafayette County and Platte County. Each protection case varies in complexity and our attorneys are experts in handling associated child support, visitation, custody, and maintenance changes that can occur after a hearing. Our attorneys will review your case to ensure we handle it in a timely, quick and affordable manner. We offer an order of protection consultation and can often assist via electronic correspondence or telephone. Let our Lees Summit Missouri orders of protection Lawyers at Leonard Rodarte Siegel work for you. Contact us at 816-836-9950 or contact us online.