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How Fast Can I Get a Temporary Protection From Abuse (PFA) Order?

Published: Sep 24, 2020 in Protection From Abuse (PFA), Restraining Orders
How Fast Can I Get a Temporary Protection from Abuse Order

Written by Anthony Piccirilli

A protection from abuse order (PFA) can help in violent situations where you feel you have little control of the other person. However, they often require a hearing prior to being issued. That’s why a temporary PFA is often an option when you need something done quickly.

If you are worried about your safety and need a temporary protection from abuse order, contact Pittsburgh Divorce & Family Law, LLC today. We will quickly take action in your case and help you get the safety you need. Call us at (412) 471-5100 or use our online contact form.

What Is a Temporary Protection From Abuse Order?

A temporary protection from abuse order, also called a temporary protection order or TPO, can offer you the same protections as a normal PFA, but it becomes enforceable immediately when you submit your petition and ends when you have a formal hearing for the civil case to obtain a permanent PFA. Thus, the time limit is temporary.

The judge will determine if a temporary PFA is necessary based solely on the statement of the victim. Usually, there is little other evidence necessary to get a TPO. Because of the limited time scope of the order, the defendant is not notified before a decision is made. This allows the judge to act quickly to protect those in need.

How Long Does It Take to Get a Temporary Protection Order (TPO)?

The benefit of a temporary PFA is that it can be put into place very quickly. We can file a temporary PFA right when the court opens and the court will review it the same day in most circumstances. Typically, you will be protected within 24 hours of filing your temporary PFA request petition.

What Happens After You File for a Temporary PFA?

If a judge grants a temporary PFA, they usually schedule a final order hearing within 10 days. That means the temporary PFA is only good for 10 days unless the hearing is postponed, in which case the TPO will usually be extended as well. At the hearing, the judge will determine if a final protection order (FPO) is necessary.

At the hearing, both sides will be able to present evidence and make claims regarding the validity of a protection order. It can be an emotional situation, and you should be represented by an attorney who will protect you throughout the process.

Who Can Get a Temporary Protection From Abuse Order?

Anyone who is eligible for a PFA order can also get a temporary one. You can get a TPO if you are being abused by:

  • A spouse or former spouse
  • A current or former sexual or intimate partner
  • A parent or child
  • A personal related by blood or marriage

Call Us Today If You Have Questions About a Temporary PFA

Whether you need a temporary protection from abuse order or someone is threatening you with one, call us today for help with your case. Pittsburgh Divorce & Family Law, LLC has worked with hundreds of clients who need quick action in their cases. Call us at (412) 471-5100 or use our online contact form.