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Obtaining an Order of Protection Without Filing for Divorce


Protect your client before the divorce proceeding begins.

When a client is concerned for their safety, or their children’s safety, it is possible to acquire an order of protection all before the divorce proceedings begin. This can help the client gain possession of the residence and can even prevent the offending spouse from doing certain things, such as contacting your client or even possessing or purchasing a gun. This white paper reviews the conditions behind getting an order of protection and the difference between that and injunctions against harassment.



Marlene A. Pontrelli

Dickinson Wright PLLC

Marlene A. Pontrelli is a member and Domestic Relations & Family Law Practice Group Co-Chair in the Phoenix office of Dickinson Wright. She is a certified specialist in family law. Her practice focuses on all aspects of family law including dissolution and legal separation of marriage, business valuations, division of property, spousal support, post-dissolution modifications, premarital and post-marital agreements, paternity, child custody, parenting time, and child support matters. She is admitted to practice in California and Arizona. She also acts as a private mediator for parties wishing to settle outside the traditional court process.

Ms. Pontrelli is an adjunct professor at the Sandra Day O’Connor School of Law where she teaches the family law class. She has extensive trial and appellate experience including appearing before the Arizona Court of Appeals, Arizona Supreme Court and Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Ms. Pontrelli has written several books, including Divorce in Arizona, Daily Meditations for Healing from Divorce, and the recently published Family Law in Focus, She is a frequent lecturer in the area of family law and has conducted workshops throughout the country on time management and balancing work and personal life.

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