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Protection From Abuse Act Cases in York

Understanding the Protection from Abuse Act

The Protection from Abuse Act (PFA) is state legislation designed to protect individuals and their children from abuse. It is a civil order that is filed to prevent domestic violence such as physical threats, intimidation, sexual assault, false imprisonment, sexual abuse, and stalking.

You can file for protection under the act if the abuser is:

  • A domestic partner
  • A spouse or former spouse
  • A parent
  • A child
  • A family member or persons related by blood
  • A girlfriend, boyfriend, fiancé or someone with whom you are sexually intimate

The act does not cover abuse by a stranger; or mental, emotional or verbal abuse. The first step in the PFA process is to submit a petition to the court requesting protection under the Act. The petition contains information regarding the abuse and abuser, and the type of protection that is being requested.

If you are seeking a PFA, contact a York family attorney for immediate assistance. A competent lawyer can help you prepare your petition and provide skilled legal representation at your petition hearing.

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Under the PFA, you can ask the court for various types of protection, including court orders to stop the abuse and/or have the abuser evicted from your home. You can also request that your personal information be kept confidential, and ask for temporary custody of your children as well as temporary spousal or child support. Other forms of protection include an order preventing the abuse from contacting you at home, work or school.

Ilkhanoff & Silverstein is an experienced family law firm that can assist you with the PFA process. We are former officers of the York County Bar Association and Southern Branch of the YMCA, as well as former directors of the family law section of the York County Bar Association. Our firm can be relied on for prompt legal aid, and professional and compassionate representation.

Contact a York family lawyer from Ilkhanoff & Silverstein if you are seeking a PFA protection for immediate assistance with your petition.

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