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Are restraining orders actually effective?

There is little else as disconcerting as dealing with someone who you do not trust or someone who you feel unsafe around. If you are trying to decide whether or not to file for a restraining order in Louisiana, you may be wondering whether or not your choice is indeed a beneficial one. The truth is, restraining orders can be effective, but the conditions must be right.

According to Psychology Today, certain situations can create problematic circumstances that could actually prevent a restraining order from working for you. These include the following:

  • Overreacting: One of the worst things you can do is to unnecessarily file for a restraining order. Before you enlist the help of authorities, make sure that your situation is not something that can be worked out without the intervention of law enforcement. Sometimes, a restraining order can only make your situation worse than it already was.
  • Violation: Restraining orders are highly effective for people who are rule-followers and feel nervous about the potential of breaking the law. However, if the person you are filing a restraining order against has already shown lack of fear or apprehension in relation to the law and authorities, a restraining order may not be the most effective resource.
  • Inconsistency: For a restraining order to be effective at all, you have to be consistent about reporting any violations. If you only report violations sometimes or if you wait too long after a violation to report it, the authorities may not take you seriously and have a more difficult time enforcing the rules.

While you should always trust your intuition, and prioritize your protection above all else, it is imperative that you think carefully about getting a restraining order before you actually go through with it.

The information in this article is intended for educational purposes only and should not be interpreted as legal advice.  

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