How can I obtain a non-molestation order?
It is necessary to provide a statement to the court outlining the abuse you have suffered and why you require the protection of an order. We will draft this statement for you after taking your detailed instructions. We will also prepare the necessary supporting court forms.
Most non-molestation orders are obtained ex-parte, which means without notifying the other person first. Normally this would be seen as an unfair hearing, as one person is having a court order made against them without being able to have their say. However, it is permitted in these cases due to the higher level of protection it gives to you.
In most domestic violence situations, we would recommend that you apply ex-parte as it means you have the protection of the order without fear of your former partner contacting you to dissuade you from applying, or worse, threatening you. If an ex-parte order is made, then the order will be served on your former partner and a new court date will be set to allow them to attend and have their say. They may agree to the order or decide to contest it.
If a non-molestation order is contested, then a hearing will be needed. The judge will hear evidence from you both before making a decision. We will represent your interests at the hearing and cross examine your former partner regarding their abusive behaviour. If an order is granted it can be for a set period, or until a further order. Most orders are made for a 12-month period. This can be extended or varied if circumstances should change.