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Family law protection orders: What a person should know


No one should have to fear for the safety of themselves, their children or their family. Unfortunately, sometimes a person enters into a man or woman’s life that threatens the welfare of some or all of his or her family. In British Columbia, any person who feels threatened in this way may be entitled to seek protection via a family law protection order.

A family law protection order is not dissimilar from a peace bond in that they both provide protection for a family, and both are enforceable by law. However, a protection order is specifically meant for situations in which the threatening person is a family member who poses a risk to a person and/or their partner, as well as any children or other family members sharing a home. It is not meant to cover any threat to personal property.

Abuse is not limited to physical contact. As such a protection order can be issued in cases of emotional or mental abuse, as well. Once issued, it is enforceable anywhere in British Columbia by either local police or the RCMP. The judge can set the duration of the order, but if he or she does not, the default duration is one year.

While some people may feel nervous about seeking a family law protection order, it is important to think about the safety of one’s family. With the order in place, it may be possible to have some much needed peace of mind, knowing the threatening individual will be unable to get in contact without risking punishment. A protection order can be applied for directly through the courts, but it may be best to do so with a lawyer’s assistance. A caring professional who is experienced with such matters can help to ensure the order is properly prepared.

Source:, “For Your Protection: Peace Bonds and Family Law Protection Orders“, Accessed on Feb. 4, 2017

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