Domestic Violence Restraining Orders

A domestic violence restraining order is a civil order that can be used to protect you from a significant other, ex significant other, or family member.  A temporary restraining order may be issued immediately to protect you and a more permanent order, up to five years, can be made at a hearing with a Judge.

Domestic violence is not always physical. It can include stalking,  harassment, threats of harm and emotional abuse.

The order will require the other party stay at least 100 yards away from you, your home, and your job.  It may also require the other party not contact you directly or indirectly at all. If the other party does try to contact you, physically or by any other means, they violate the order and will be subject to arrest.

When there are children of the relationship, you can also ask the judge to make orders for child support and visitation, or no visitation when the children are in danger.

You deserve to be free. Bound Woman

Q&A with the Attorney

Shannon Smile

1.) Will I be able to contact you directly?

Yes. It is my policy to respond to all client calls and emails within 24 hours.  Family Law is an emotionally charged area and I make it a priority to answer questions and concerns as quickly as possible.

2.) Do you have courtroom experience?

Yes. I  have appeared in Los Angeles (Stanley Mosk, Norwalk and Long Beach), Orange County, Riverside and San Bernardino.

3.) What is your “philosophy” on divorce?

I believe issues should be settled by the parties, as much as possible. I do not think a Judge is always the most qualified person for making decisions for your family. When settlement is not possible, I believe in zealous representation and using the facts to show the Court why the client’s requests should be granted.

4.) Do you discourage communication between the spouses?

Sometimes.  If the parties can communicate peacefully then that is excellent. However, if they cannot, lawyers should be used as the intermediary.

5.) What are your fees per hour?

$200.00 per hour. We also offer reduced fees and payment plans for low income and unemployed individuals.

6.) Do you offer set-fee services?

Yes. Set-fees are an option and are determined on a case by case basis. Set-fees can range from $250 – $5,000 depending on the type of case and work involved.

6.) What is your retainer fee for hourly services?

$2,000 – $5,000 depending on the type of case and work involved.


Call (323) 834-2889 for a free telephone consultation and to ask any other questions you may have. 

Domestic Violence Restraining Orders

If you or your family is in imminent danger, contact the local police department.

A restraining order is a legal order that may be used to protect you and your family from domestic violence. Domestic Violence includes harassing phone calls, physical attacks, striking, stalking, threatening, sexual assault, and destruction of property. Whether these behaviors take place in a marital or dating relationship they may deterred or stopped by a restraining order. Call Payne Law Group for a consultation at (323) 834-2889. We offer set fee pricing for Document Preparation as well as representation.