CAN I FILE AN ORDER OF PROTECTION AND GET CUSTODY OF MY CHILDREN?
The purpose of an order of protection is to provide safety for yourself and possibly your children. If safety is not a concern they cannot be used as a tool to gain custody of your children. However, if safety is a concern custody can be requested within the protection order.
I'M NOT SURE WHERE TO START IN GETTING HELP.
Taking the first step in getting help can be overwhelming. You don’t need to have all the answers, we are here to help you figure that out. You are always welcome to call our Help Line or email a CARDV advocate to process your concerns. Our services are free and confidential. You are not obligated to anything when taking that first step.