Protect Your Family's Well-Being  with a Restraining Order 

New Jersey Restraining Orders have serious implications and are there to protect the abused. Sometimes they help those truly abused, other times it is used to negotiate terms in a divorce or other family law matter. Either way, if you have a case involving domestic violence and restraining orders in New Jersey, we know what to do and how to help you. As experienced restraining order and domestic violence lawyers in New Jersey, we can fight for you.

Have you been continually harassed? Stalked? Abused? Do you fear for your safety or are you accused or committing domestic violence? Are you Seeking a final restraining order to stop someone from continuing the abuse? We can help you. Our experienced Jersey City New Jersey restraining order attorneys can help you represent/prosecute your case in Jersey City/Hudson County, Essex County, Passaic County and throughout New Jersey immediately. Whether you are contemplating a divorce and tensions are getting worse and you are now in fear or for any other reason you may seek a restraining order in New Jersey, we have the skill and experience to represent you effectively in these important matters. Restraining orders are critical aspects of many situations in order to deter further violence or other abuse. In other situations, when you are accused of domestic violence and someone is seeking a final restraining order against you, you should have experienced legal representation to help protect your rights. 

Sometimes when a relationship ends or is ending, it does not end well. Even long-term marriages or romantic relationships that have ended, sometimes the other side does not take it too well and they go too far and an NJ temporary restraining order (TRO) is needed to stop the harassment, get someone out of the home, etc in Jersey City, Bayonne, West New York, Union City, Weehawken, North Bergen, Hoboken, Hackensack, Elizabeth, Newark, Clifton, Passaic, Wayne and beyond. Domestic Violence Restraining Orders in New Jersey are available to help people in difficult situations and the relief may need to be temporary or it may need to be permanent.

If you have a restraining order against you or seek an attorney for your restraining order case in New Jersey, contact the Artusa Law Firm team, contact us on 973-337-9643 today to discuss your case in total confidence. 

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For victims of domestic abuse, a restraining order can restore a sense of safety in the time leading up to a court case. 

Why You Need an Attorney 

While restraining order lawyers in NJ like myself see this every day, when you are not used to this, you may not know what to do. This page will help you understand the basics of obtaining a domestic violence restraining order in Jersey City, New Jersey (NJ) and/or what to do if you have been served or arrested because of a domestic violence incident in New Jersey. My name is Santo Artusa, Jr., Esq. and I am a New Jersey domestic violence-restraining order attorney that practices in Jersey City, Hackensack, Newark, Elizabeth, Hudson, Bergen, Essex, and Union Counties weekly. I also practice outside of this area in other parts of New Jersey with regard to divorce and restraining orders.

Restraining Order FAQs 

You may also be wondering the following:

  • How Do I Get My Husband, Wife, Boyfriend, Girlfriend Out Of The House?
  • My Husband Hit Me, What Can I Do?
  • How Do I Get A Temporary Restraining Order In Nj?
  • Is Harassment Domestic Violence?
  • Where Can I Obtain A Restraining Order In New Jersey?
  • If My Spouse Leaves The House, How Will The Bills Get Paid?
  • Is It Better If I Just File For Divorce?

How to Obtain a Temporary Restraining Order 

There are two ways to obtain a domestic violence temporary restraining order in New Jersey if you are a victim of domestic violence.

During business hours 8:30-4:30 pm, you can file for a temporary restraining order at the local county family court domestic violence division. For instance, in Hudson County, that is 595 Newark Avenue, 2nd Floor, Jersey City, New Jersey. In Essex, that is 212 Washington Street, Newark, NJ. There you will fill out forms explaining what is going on, what occurred in the past (if anything- whether reported or unreported), whether a police report has been filed or criminal complaint has been filed (you do not have to file a police report to obtain an NJ-Temporary Restraining Order at the courthouse).

It is important to know that help is available for domestic violence victims/spouses who have endured abuse by way of restraining orders and/or the criminal courts of New Jersey.

Form for restraining order
A restraining order can provide additional legal protection to people who have been stalked, harassed, or threatened by current or former partners. 

What to Expect After Filing for a Restraining Order 

Once the Temporary Restraining Order is granted by the Judge (ex-parte, meaning the abuser/defendant will not be there ), the defendant will be served with the restraining order and he or she could be forbidden from coming back to the marital home or joint residence and will not be able to contact you in any way. The NJ-Temporary Restraining Order will also have a preliminary court date for the final hearing for a final restraining order where it will be decided if a final restraining order will be issued or not. You can also drop the temporary restraining order before the final hearing date if you do not want a final restraining order and then the temporary restraining order will also be dismissed.

At the final hearing, if the victim prevails, the Judge can order:

  • Child Custody
  • Child Support
  • Alimony
  • Payment of Bills
  • Attorneys Fees
  • Parenting Time
  • No Contact

Some of the crimes covered under the New Jersey domestic violence act

  • Stalking
  • Harassment
  • Criminal Mischief
  • Simple Assault
  • Burglary
  • Criminal Restraint
  • Terroristic Threats
  • Sexual Assault

Other Options After a Temporary Restraining Order is Filed 

If you have filed a Temporary Restraining Order in New Jersey and either do not want to have a full trial or maybe want to settle certain terms (child custody, alimony, child support, limit communication) you can do so with civil restraints. They are not as powerful as a restraining order but if someone does violate a civil restraint, a plaintiff can file a motion in civil court to enforce it whereas with a temporary restraining order or final restraining order -all the person needs to do is call the police that defendant has violated the restraining order and the defendant can be arrested for the violation.

Mr. Artusa is a passionate attorney that really wants to get the best for his clients as he did for me. He came recommended by a former client and I am very happy with the work he did. Thank you! Avery G.


We Treat Each Case Uniquely 

Every case is different, your case may really be about the end of a marriage and you want a divorce. When you contact our team, we will discuss the total circumstances involved in the case and try to find a way to resolve the issues at hand. Restraining order and domestic violence cases in New Jersey could have a major impact on your immigration status (if applicable). Your case may solely be about domestic abuse and that it needs to end and there is no other way but getting a final restraining order. Either way, if you have a restraining order case and seek legal representation for the final restraining order hearing and/or a divorce or custody dispute, the Artusa Law Firm of New Jersey can help you today. For more information about the legal services we offer including:

  • Divorce Representation
  • Family Court Cases
  • Criminal Law
  • Child Custody

Visit our home page: Artusa Law Firm.

Contact Us to Learn More 

We are experienced Jersey City domestic violence restraining order attorneys that represent clients throughout New Jersey. Request a consultation online or call us at (973) 337-9643 for a confidential appointment.

Santo V. Artusa, Jr.

Santo V. Artusa, Jr.

Since 2009, Mr. Artusa has dedicated his career to representing clients in and near Jersey City in family law and criminal cases. He is a skilled negotiator and litigator who has received a range of prestigious recognitions, including:

  • The National Trial Lawyers Top 100
  • Avvo 10.0 Superb Rating
  • Client Distinction Award 2015

For more information about our legal services, contact our office online or call (973) 337-9643 today.

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