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Maryland protective order lawyer, Maria Patterson handles protective order and domestic violence proceedings in Upper Marlboro, Annapolis, Prince Frederick, La Plata, Rockville and Leonardtown.  


The Maryland protective order lawyers at Reinstein, Glackin, Patterson and Herriott have handled hundreds of protective orders for husbands and wives.  The protective order lawyers have also handled dozens of protective order cases for those with security clearances. Domestic violence allegations are typically addressed first by a protective order.  Hiring a Maryland protective order lawyer without a background in family law poses numerous risks.  Evidence of domestic violence will be produced during the protective order hearings and the evidence or lack of evidence presented of domestic violence has the potential of negatively impacting divorce and child custody proceedings.  If you have been served with a temporary protective order you need to prepare for a potential divorce case.  Hiring a lawyers with extensive family law and domestic violence experience is the best way to protect your interests.  


A petitioner is eligible for a protective order against a person that has committed abuse as discussed under the domestic violence page of this web site. However, if the person in need of relief is a child, abuse also includes the physical or mental injury of a child by any parent, guardian or co-habitant under circumstances that indicate the child's health or welfare is harmed or is at a substantial risk of being harmed. This includes sexual abuse of a child even if physical injuries are not sustained. Parents are permitted to use reasonable punishment that is appropriate for the age and condition of the child. This includes some forms of corporal punishment.  The Maryland protective order lawyers at Reinstein, Glackin, Patterson & Herriott have successfully defended and obtained protective orders for their clients.


A Protective Order prohibits a designated person from various types of contact with the petitioner. Typically, a Protective Order prohibits a person from going to the petitioner's home or place of employment. The petitioner may also seek other forms of relief from the Court. This may include ordering a person to vacate the home if the person lives with the petitioner, temporary custody of a minor child, temporary possession of any pet, and to surrender firearms.  The Maryland Protective order lawyers at RGPH understand that the award of temporary custody of a child or use of the family home may have a significant impact on judicial decisions involving child custody and use of the home in a divorce proceeding.  The courts have a bias against disrupting a child's routine.  Accordingly, protective order decisions that grant use of the family home and temporary custody of a child to one spouse create a history that may bias future family law rulings. The court may also award use and possession of a co-owned vehicle in a protective order hearing. Counseling or domestic violence programs are sometimes ordered by the court. 


A Protective Order can be very disruptive to a spouse and his or her children. The courts have to critically examine such petitions to make sure that a Protective Order is warranted and is not being used as a weapon in a child custody dispute or in a divorce. If you need a Protective Order to be issued or one has been sought against you, Please contact attorney Maria Patterson at 301-383-1525 to arrange for a consultation at the Prince George's County offices of Reinstein, Glackin, Patterson & Herriott, LLC ("RGPH") in Bowie, Maryland.   Maria Patterson, Bowie Protective Order Lawyer serves Prince Georges, Calvert, Charles, Anne Arundel and Montgomery Counties.


Please call the Maryland protective order lawyers at Reinstein, Glackin, Patterson & Herriott, LLC at 301-383-1525 to schedule a consultation at the Prince George's County offices in Bowie, Maryland.  RGPH's protective order lawyers handle domestic violence matters in Prince George's, Anne Arundel, Howard, Montgomery, Calvert, Charles  and St. Mary's Counties.

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