If you've filed a restraining order in New Jersey against someone, you've made a decision to protect yourself from someone who was harming you or from whom you felt threatened. The restraining order (also known as a PFA (“protection from abuse”) order in other jurisdictions as Pennsylvania) prevents the respondent from contacting you or coming near you in any way. People file restraining orders if they are being harmed or in danger of being harmed by other people.
While the restraining order helps to keep you safe, it may bring up its own set of challenges when you start dating again.
Is It Difficult to Date If You Have a Restraining Order Against Someone?
Some people find it very difficult to date if they have a restraining order out against someone else. First of all, it can be very difficult for them to start dating. Secondly, they're not exactly sure how to bring it up to potential dating partners. They wonder if they should bring it up at all or if they should keep everything to themselves.
Most people would probably want to know that they're dating someone who has a restraining order against someone else. It will allow them to make a choice as to whether or not they will continue dating you, and it can also allow them to just make the appropriate precautions. Sharing this information with someone is definitely difficult, but it allows them to make a choice about whether the relationship is something that they want to be a part of at this time.
Should You Divulge That You Have an Order of Protection Against Someone?
If you're in this situation, you may be wondering what your responsibilities are in this situation. Do you have a legal and/or ethical responsibility to tell someone you're dating about the restraining order? Or could you be accused of violating the respondent's right to privacy by divulging that information?
These are difficult questions and ones that you should be speaking with a lawyer about. Everyone's circumstances are different. You need to make sure that not only are you doing the best thing for your situation, but you're also not putting yourself into a situation that could make things even more difficult for your situation.
Speak to A Lawyer for Advice About a Restraining Order
Getting on with your life after getting a restraining order against someone may be easy in some respects and more difficult in others. Attorney Joseph D. Lento and the experts at the Lento Law Firm have years of experience working with clients dealing with restraining orders.
Contact the Lento Law Firm online or give us a call at 888-535-3686 so that they can help you with any questions you have regarding restraining orders, as well as any other issues you may have.