Introduction to non-molestation orders
Domestic violence and harassment are sadly far more common that most people imagine. Manifestations of such abuse can be physical, emotional, psychological, financial or sexual and can occur once or be sustained over a period of time. It is an issue that the law takes extremely seriously. Where a client is at risk of such abuse our advice will almost certainly be that an application for a non-molestation order should be made. In cases where the parties live in the same house the application may well be combined with an application for an occupation order so that the other party is not allowed to re-enter the property. For more details please see our guide to non-molestation orders and our guide to occupation orders.
How Vardags can help with non-molestation orders
More often than not domestic abuse requires immediate or preventative action. In order to protect our clients it is sometimes necessary to make emergency applications for a non-molestation order. If it is necessary we will endeavour wherever possible to have your application listed on the day of instruction. If we are preparing a divorce petition or other similar application on your behalf, which might create a flashpoint, we will if appropriate apply for a non-molestation order for you without notice to your partner with a view to preventing them from harming you at the point at which he or she receives your petition. Your protection will be our utmost priority and we have extensive experience in these situations. They are far more common, even among the rich and famous, than you might imagine. You can rest assured that your case will be dealt with sensitively and with the strictest confidentiality. If you are subjected to violence you should always contact the police immediately. Once you have discussed the matter with the police you should contact us.
If you have been served with an application for an occupation or non-molestation order we are able to provide expert advice on how best to protect your interests prior to and at the hearing. It may be that the injunction has already been obtained without notice to you, and then we will work to prepare for the “return date” at which we will argue your case to have the injunction removed. We have been very successful in these situations. We have even dealt successfully with clients who have had to contend with criminal prosecution, working with our professional colleagues in criminal law to produce an integrated approach.
If you are subjected to the use or threat of physical violence you should contact the police immediately.
The first step is to arrange a meeting with one of our solicitors. Therefore, please call us on 020 7404 9390 or email us to make an appointment to come and see us.