It is unfortunate, but, perhaps not surprising that having people home more than ever, sheltering in place has caused a spike in domestic abuse cases. Being in constant contact, combined with financial and child care pressures is bound to increase conflict. Courts are continuing to handle domestic abuse cases, if you file for an Order for Protection or Harassment Restraining Order you will get a hearing very soon. If someone has filed for an order against you you will need to go to court. If you are a victim of abuse, or accused of abuse, it is important to respond quickly and get good advice. Whether we are in a national emergency or not, restraining orders are serious business, they can determine who stays in a house and who has custody of children.

Ed