DIVORCE FAQ #7

7. What should I do if my spouse injures me?

If your spouse injures you or anyone else in your household, call the police immediately. The police
can, if warranted, contact an on-call judicial officer and issue an Emergency Protective Order (also
called an EPO) on the spot. This would legally prohibit your spouse from coming within a certain
distance of you. It also may grant you temporary custody of your children and bar your spouse from
the family home. An EPO remains in effect for five court days. To obtain a longer-term restraining
local court. Most courts have facilitators who can help you fill out the necessary forms. For more
information, request a free copy of the State Bar pamphlet
Can the Law Help Protect Me from
Domestic Violence? (See #17 for information on ordering the bar's pamphlets.)


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