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Protective Order Attorneys in Salt Lake County

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Protective orders are filed in Utah family courts to prevent an individual from harming or threatening to harm another family member or dating partner. These may be needed when a marriage or romantic relationship falls apart or when disputes arise over matters like child custody or other intensely personal family relationship issues. These orders are designed to prevent domestic abuse.

If you believe you are in danger of domestic violence, you should seek the guidance of Eric M. Swinyard & Associates, PLLC in Draper. Our Salt Lake County protective order attorneys can represent you before a judge to ensure that you are legally protected and that the order can be enforced. Alternatively, if you believe you have been named in a protective order unfairly, you will need our experienced legal representation to help you seek a resolution.

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Obtaining a Protective Order in Utah

Protective orders and restraining orders may be issued in various situations.

Examples of protective orders include:

  • Those issued due to domestic violence or abuse
  • Those issued due to dating violence
  • Stalking injunctions to prevent stalking of a spouse, ex-spouse, or dating partner
  • Child protective orders

Restraining orders are similar to protective orders and are often issued as part of a legal action such as a divorce. However, protective orders can be issued outside of such actions to prevent harassment, domestic violence, or family abuse. Temporary restraining orders can also be issued by courts when imminent harm is threatened; these orders are issued temporarily until the court can hear from the other side to decide if the order should be made permanent.

Protective orders prohibit your abuser from making any type of contact with you and often prohibit him or her from having a gun or weapon. These orders can also give you temporary possession of your home, car, and essential property, temporary child support and custody, and more.

If you are in danger or believe you have been wrongly accused, contact Eric M. Swinyard & Associates, PLLC at (801) 515-4133 for legal representation.


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    Eric M. Swinyard is a divorce and family law attorney who serves clients throughout the State of Utah. Eric’s practice is primarily focused on providing personalized, high-quality legal services to individuals involved in divorces, paternity actions, adoptions, estate planning, and other family law matters. It’s incredibly easy to be taken advantage of during litigation, especially if you are unrepresented by legal counsel. Protect Your Rights You don’t want to be in a situation where you need ...
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    Ryan Ficklin is an associate attorney at Eric M. Swinyard & Associates, PLLC. Prior to practicing law in Utah, Ryan practiced family law in Southern California. In 2017, Ryan relocated back to his home state of Utah to focus on serving the people of Utah who need legal representation, particularly in the family law realm. Ryan graduated with honors from California’s Whittier Law School in May of 2015. While in law school, Ryan was a staff member for The Journal of Child and Family Advocacy. Ryan ...

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