Injunctions and Restraints: What You Need to Know

When most people think about restraining orders, they think about domestic violence cases. However, there are a variety of different types of injunctions and restraints that can be issued by the court.

In this blog post, we will discuss the different types of injunctions and restraints, and what you need to know about them.

So, what exactly are injunctions and restraints?

An injunction is a legal order issued by a court that requires someone to either do or not do something. A restraint is an order in which the court prohibits one or more persons from taking certain actions related to another person’s property and/or safety.

Injunctions can be issued to protect against harm from family members, neighbours, business associates or even strangers. Restraints are most commonly used in divorce and custody cases as protection for children, but they can also be used in other situations, such as restraining orders for stalking victims.

Injunctions and restraints may include any of the following:

  • Prohibiting someone from approaching or contacting another person
  • Requiring someone to move out of a shared home
  • Allowing only supervised visitation with children or other family members
  • Requiring the payment of temporary child support or spousal maintenance
  • Prohibiting the disclosure of confidential information
  • Preventing harassment or threatening behaviour

It is important to know that an injunction cannot be issued on its own but must be requested in a court hearing and approved by a judge before it can go into effect. Furthermore, if the court grants an injunction, it is important to follow it exactly as outlined in order to avoid any legal consequences.

So, what would happen if an injunction is violated?

If someone violates an injunction or restraint, they can be found in contempt of court and may face fines and/or jail time. In addition to the legal consequences, a violation could also impact future custody agreements if it is a family law case.

It is important to take injunctions and restraints seriously, as they are legally binding orders that must be followed. If you have any questions about your particular situation, it is best to contact a lawyer for advice.

Other important things to know about injunctions and restraints:

  • Injunctions and restraints are often put into place as a preventative measure, rather than after harm has already been done.
  • Injunctions and restraints can be modified or dissolved if both parties agree to the changes.
  • Although restraining orders protect against violence or harm, they do not guarantee safety; it is important to take precautions when interacting with someone who has received an injunction or restraint.

Injunctions and restraints can be a powerful tool for protecting yourself or others from physical or emotional harm. By understanding the different types of injunctions and restraints available as well as the legal consequences for violating them, you can make sure that your rights are protected.

We hope this article has provided some useful information on injunctions and restraints. Remember, if you ever find yourself in need of an injunction or restraining order, make sure to discuss your options with a qualified attorney who can explain the process in more detail.