We Can Help You Get a Protective Order in Utah
In Utah, a protective order – or restraining order – is a legal decree issued by a state court. Protective orders in Utah require that one person (respondent) stops harming another person (petitioner).
There are several different statutes that govern how, why, and when protective orders can be issued by a judge in Utah. There are also various types of restraining orders.
We encourage you to discuss your unique situation with a lawyer who understands the process of filing a Utah restraining order. The team at Carr | Woodall is ready to assist you.
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When to Request a Protective Order in Utah
If you have been harmed by someone or have credible evidence to suggest that you could potentially be harmed by someone, you may be able to file for a Utah restraining order. Typically, a restraining order is sought against a spouse or relative who has done harm already or has threatened to do harm. There are also stalking injunctions that can be issued by a judge for cases where the petitioner of the protective order is not related to or has not lived with the respondent in the past.
You may be able to obtain a Utah restraining order if you have been the victim of domestic abuse or violence in the form of:
- Physical abuse
- Sexual assault
How To Get a Restraining Order in Utah
To get a restraining order in Utah, you can file a petition with the district courthouse in the county where you live, in the county where the abuser lives, or in the county where the abuse took place.
The petition must include the following information:
- Your name and contact information
- The abuser's name and contact information
- A description of the abuse
- The relief you are requesting (e.g., a restraining order, child custody, visitation)
There is no filing fee or cost for these forms. The court will then review the request and either grant or deny it. If the court grants a temporary restraining order, the petitioner and the respondent will be required to attend a hearing, during which the court will decide whether to dismiss the temporary protective order or enter a permanent protective order.
Temporary Protective Orders in Utah
In Utah, the court may grant a temporary protective order, which will go into effect immediately. Temporary protective orders only last until the protective order hearing, which must be scheduled within 20 days. The hearing is where a judge will decide whether or not to grant a (permanent) protective order.
Restraining Order Violations
If you have been granted either a temporary or permanent restraining order and the respondent violates your protective order, you should immediately call the police. When the police officer arrives, you will show them a copy of your protective order and request the case number for the incident to ensure that the proper paperwork has been filed. It is important that you report each and every violation of the protective order to the police so that proper steps can be taken to ensure your personal safety.
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Every person has the right to feel safe and secure. If someone has harmed you, a member of your family, or your child, you can likely seek a legal remedy. Working with a South Jordan restraining order attorney with a background in family law is in your best interest.
At Carr | Woodall, we will fight to ensure your personal safety. Whether you need help filing an initial protective order or enforcing an existing order, we act quickly and efficiently.
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