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Protective Order

If you fear for your safety, or the safety of your child, you can take legal steps TODAY to protect yourself. You can go to court to ask for a protective order to prevent family violence.

The court wants to ensure your safety; and so do we. Contact a family violence lawyer at the Schneider Law Firm for quick, responsive action. Call (817) 755-1852. An initial hearing will be scheduled soon after you file your papers.

Getting a Temporary Protective Order

There are several types of emergency orders available in Texas. In cases of family violence, a request for a protective order can be filed by a victim who is related to the offender, living with the offender, or has a child with the offender.

We can help you fill out the form, or you can do it yourself. We can accompany you to the first hearing, or you can go alone. At that first hearing, the person you are accusing of abuse will not be present. It will be you, the judge and your lawyer, if you bring one.

Temporary Restraining Order

The judge will ask questions and in most cases will grant a temporary protective order or restraining order that will be in place for 14 days. That order will be served by the sheriff on the other person and he or she will need to follow a list of conditions that may include:

  • Moving out, if he/she lives with you
  • Staying a certain number of feet away from you, your home, your workplace, and other places you may be
  • Staying away from the homes of your relatives
  • Not contacting you by phone or email, mail or text message
  • Other conditions, depending upon the information you shared at the initial hearing

If you are dependent upon income from the person who must now move out, you will need to ask the judge for a support order. 

Getting a Permanent Protective Order

If you feel that you need a longer protective order, you will need to attend a second hearing with the judge to ask for a “permanent” order for protection. A permanent restraining order can last up to two (2) years. There are no Texas protective orders that last more than two years.

Unlike the first hearing, where the judge relied exclusively on your testimony, the accused person will be at this second hearing and will have an opportunity to dispute your claims and make their own case. He/she will most have a lawyer. You will need one, too.

The accused will come with evidence supporting his/her claim that the abuse did not occur or was not as serious as you said. You will need evidence to support your claim that you are in fear for your life and safety. Between the first and second hearing, we will work with you to develop evidence you can bring to the judge.

The family violence lawyers at the Schneider Law Firm work in the areas of family law AND criminal law. They are well prepared to help you bring your case to court to protect yourself and your children. Call our law office at (817) 755-1852 or email us for immediate help.


  • Great Lawyer in court and out

    Had a tough interstate custody case with my ex. Mike was awesome and made sure my kid end up here with me where he belonged. Highly recommend.


  • E. Jenkins

    In the summer of 2013 I found myself visiting multiple legal firms in the FTW area. I was searching for the perfect person and firm to represent me. I was filing for custody of my very young daughter. When I met Melissa Swan, I knew that my search was over. She immediately had a game plan and made me feel very secure. Anytime I had a question, Priscilla and Jason made sure that it was answered in a timely manner. We spent less than a year, and after it was all said and done, I have primary custody of my daughter. I would say hiring Ms. Swan and Schneider Law Firm was one of the smartest decisions I have ever made.

    E. Jenkins
  • B. Davis

    In 2012 I found myself looking for a lawyer. I found Schneider Law Firm. I went in for my consultation, and then met with Melissa Swan. Melissa is very understanding and handled my case with care.

    B. Davis
  • R. Carson

    My lawyer was Alison Porterfield she was the best thing that could have ever happened to my family during our custody battle. She was so proficient and caring.

    R. Carson
  • A. Hoover

    Absolutely the best law firm around when it comes to Family Law. I first came into contact with Melissa Swan in 2013 and I only wish our paths would have crossed way before. Melissa is outstanding and has been a total lifesaver for my daughter and myself. She, along with Priscilla and Laurie have gone above and beyond. I would highly recommend Melissa Swan.

    A. Hoover
  • K. Whitworth

    Bria Wallace represented me in a family case. I would and have recommended her to many friends who were or have been in the same situation as I was. She is very professional and honest. She helped me get the most precious thing back to me. Thank you Bria.

    K. Whitworth
  • N. Dood

    Melissa Swan was absolutely brilliant at handling a family law appeal judgement for me. Appeals in family court are VERY difficult, but she cared enough to really dig deep and make a bullet-proof appeal case and WINNING! Would highly recommend.

    N. Dood
  • K. Holloway

    Melissa swan did great ! Won our child custody case hands down. Rough start finding right attorneys but finished strong .Also won our child support case too ,in same case.

    K. Holloway
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