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Protecting the Future for Victims of Domestic Violence 

 

Safeguarding victims of domestic violence is a key mission for every member of our team. Today, we are delighted to congratulate and highlight family law attorney Jessica Ragno Sprague for living this value. Advocating on behalf of her client, a victim of domestic violence, Ms. Sprague successfully argued an appeal before the New Jersey Court of Appeals that has protected her client’s right to a full and fair final restraining order hearing.  Read more

How to Defend Yourself In A Domestic Violence Matter

domestic violenceYou have found yourself in the position of defending against a final restraining order being entered against you. A trial has been scheduled and you are naturally concerned. What is important to prioritize in making a strong defense? Read more

TRO To FRO: Making A Temporary Restraining Order Final

Temporary Restraining OrderIf you have found yourself in an abusive relationship and you are ready to obtain a restraining order against your abuser, you have made a smart and brave decision. The New Jersey court system stands ready to assist people in domestic violence situations when they are ready to move forward and obtain protections for themselves and their families. What does this process entail? And how do you go from a temporary restraining order to a final one? Read more

Can You Request The Courts To Dismiss A Final Restraining Order?

restraining orderOnce a Domestic Violence Final Restraining Order (FRO) is entered against a person in New Jersey, it is difficult to have that FRO dismissed at a later time. New Jersey is one of the few states that actually has permanent FROs. In order to have an FRO dismissed, the court must agree that there is no continued need for the FRO. It certainly helps if the victim agrees with dismissing the restraining order. But, what if the victim does not agree to dismiss the FRO, even after more than nine years?

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Domestic Violence: Proving The Need For A Final Restraining Order

Get help for domestic violenceThe New Jersey courts strive to take domestic violence seriously, and, in this pursuit, the courts evaluate every situation where domestic violence is alleged. In some cases, the courts find that even though a defendant may indeed have harassed another, there simply may not be a need for a final restraining order. What factors are taken into consideration when making this decision? A recent court case sheds some light Read more

Prior History of Domestic Violence Must be Written into Restraining Order

domestic violence restraining orderTestifying in a Final Restraining Order (FRO) hearing about past incidents of domestic violence without those incidents being written into the body of the Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) is a violation of the defendant’s due process rights, according to a recent New Jersey court case. Read more