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What do you do if your spouse is physically, emotionally, or mentally abusing you? The first thing is to call 911! After that, a party should seek an Order of Protection. An Order of Protection will prevent a spouse from having any contact with the other spouse. It can also allow the abused spouse to have exclusive use of the home. If you are in a domestically violent situation, call the Law Offices of Adam Rieth for a free consultation.

The definition of domestic violence in Arizona covers a lot of behavior, The statutory definition is below:

“Domestic violence” means any act that is a dangerous crime against children as defined in section 13-705 or an offense prescribed in section 13-1102, 13-1103, 13-1104, 13-1105, 13-1201, 13-1202, 13-1203, 13-1204, 13-1302, 13-1303, 13-1304, 13-1406, 13-1425, 13-1502, 13-1503, 13-1504, 13-1602 or 13-2810, section 13-2904, subsection A, paragraph 1, 2, 3 or 6, section 13-2910, subsection A, paragraph 8 or 9, section 13-2915, subsection A, paragraph 3 or section 13-2916, 13-2921, 13-2921.01, 13-2923, 13-3019, 13-3601.02 or 13-3623, ….:
You can seek an Order of Protection if the relationship between you (the victim) and the other party
(the defendant) is one of the following:
Why are temporary orders necessary? In Arizona, specifically Maricopa County, a divorce or custody action can take anywhere between 12 and 18 months to be completed. If a party needs orders sooner than 12 to 18 months, a party can petition the Court for temporary orders. This allows the court to issue orders sooner than the 12 to 18 month timeframe before permanent orders are issued in a case. . This also allows the Court to award parenting time to a party whose parenting time may be being withheld by the other party. A motion for temporary orders can be filed so long as there is a pending petition for dissolution, legal, separation, or establishment pending with the court. A temporary order can address, parenting time, legal decision-making, child support, spousal maintenance, an interim award of attorney fees, exclusive use of a home and/or in some cases, even a division of assets and debts. Once temporary orders are implemented by the court, those orders will remain in place until a final decree is issued by the Court, or until otherwise modified by the Court during the pendency of the case.