The Protection from Abuse (PFA) Act exists for good reasons. Many people do suffer abuse from their partners. A PFA provides temporary relief for someone in danger of abuse from their spouse, ex-spouse, or parent of their children. However, the Huffington Post reports that some professionals argue that about 81% of PFA orders are unnecessary or false. It’s important to know what can be considered grounds for a PFA to be filed against you, and what you can do if you’ve been accused of abuse.
How Serious Is a PFA?
The short answer is that it’s very serious! The PFA can provide the grounds to evict you from your home, restrict your child custody privileges, require you to pay child support or alimony. You can be prevented from owning or possessing a firearm, even for hunting; and you could be denied employment or housing because the order affects your public record. If you aren’t a full citizen, you could experience immigration status problems. According to Dad’s Divorce, a PFA can seriously impact any pending or potential divorce or custody cases down the road.
The good news is that a PFA is not permanent. If you want to successfully present your case, and reverse the effects, implications, and social reputation of a PFA, you can work with a committed lawyer to set things straight.
What Grounds Can Be Used to File a PFA Against You?
If you are on the brink of divorce or have been divorced and are involved in a child custody agreement, it’s especially important to know how you can avoid having a PFA filed against you.
Even a shouting match is grounds for a PFA if one party considers it abusive! Especially if you’re going through a divorce, it’s important to minimize contact with the other party. Most often, divorces are full of emotion, tension, and raging opinions. It’s normal to get into arguments with your spouse. But keep in mind that even arguments and raised voices can be termed “verbal abuse” and used as grounds for a PFA if the other person feels threatened at all. In some cases, if tempers and tensions are running high, it’s best to leave all communication up to your lawyer.
What Can You Do If You’ve Had a PFA Filed Against You?
Whether or not you believe a PFA is well-grounded, abide by the stipulations of the PFA. Going against a PFA will only make matters worse. It’s a good idea to make your first step to talk with an experienced lawyer. When you’re served a PFA, you’ll be required to attend a hearing. It’s important to have a competent family lawyer represent you in this hearing to avoid your own words being used against you. The Law Offices of
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