Domestic Violence Attorney Portland | Martin Law Firm, P.C.

Domestic Violence Cases
Domestic Violence Attorney Portland | The Martin Law Firm, P.C.

The Martin Law Firm, P.C. represents clients who are in need of a domestic violence restraining order as well those clients who are defending against such an order in both Oregon and Washington.

Restraining Orders - Oregon

The Family Abuse Protection Act is the legal basis for a domestic violence restraining order in Oregon. The person seeking the restraining order must go to the court and complete a petition for the restraining order describing the acts of violence which have occurred within 180 days preceding the filing of the petition. The victim must be in imminent danger of further abuse by the alleged abuser. If a temporary restraining order or FAPA Order is granted in favor of the moving party, it must be personally served on the alleged abuser before it is effective. Typically, the county sheriff will serve the temporary restraining order on the alleged abuser. Once the alleged abuser is served with the FAPA Order, he or she will have 30 days to request a hearing. If no hearing is requested, the order will remain in effect for one year. If children are involved and custody and parenting time is at issue, the court will attempt to schedule a hearing within 14 days of the request. The alleged abuser may request that the hearing be scheduled within five days from the date the temporary restraining order is issued. At the hearing, the court will hear testimony and evidence from both parties regarding the allegations of abuse. If the court finds by a preponderance of evidence that the abuse has occurred, the FAPA order will be remain in effect for one year. Otherwise, the FAPA order will be dismissed.

Restraining Orders - Washington

In Washington, the victim must petition the court for a Domestic Violence Order of Protection. If the court is satisfied that the allegations are severe enough such that the victim's safety is in jeopardy or that irreparable injury could occur from domestic violence if the order is not granted, the court will issue a temporary order for protection. The temporary order for protection is effective for 14 days during which time the alleged abuser must be served with the order. Service is typically completed by the county sheriff. If the order is not served prior to the expiration of 14 days, the temporary order for protection must be renewed by the court. If the temporary order for protection is served on the alleged abuser before the expiration of 14 days, the parties are required to appear in court at the date and time indicated in the in the order. At the hearing, the court will hear testimony and evidence presented by both parties. If the court finds that the abuse has occurred and that the victim is subject to irreparable injury from domestic violence, the order of protection will be continued for one year. The victim will be required to petition the court for an extension of the order beyond one year three months prior to the expiration of the order.

Whether you are seeking a domestic violence restraining order or you are the alleged abuser, you will need solid legal representation to present your side of the story and guide you through the procedural requirements associated with domestic violence restraining orders. Ms. Martin has extensive experience in representing clients in the area of domestic violence.


Domestic Violence Lawyer Lisa Martin represents family law clients in Clark County, Washington as well as Multnomah, Washington, Clackamas, Columbia and Yamhill County, Oregon, including the cities of Vancouver, Camas, Battle Ground, Ridgefield, Washougal, Portland, Tualatin, Wilsonville, Sherwood, Gresham, Hillsboro, Lake Oswego, West Linn, Beaverton, Tigard, St. Helens and Scapoose. To set up an appointment to speak with Ms. Martin, please call 503-220-1620.

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