What will happen after a Protection from Abuse (PFA) order is filed against me in Pennsylvania? VIDEO

A number of things will happen after a Protection From Abuse order's issued against a person in Pennsylvania. Once the defendant is served with either the Temporary PFA order when granted or, at a minimum, the notice of the final hearing date for the PFA, although the term final is used loosely, the defendant would become aware of the PFA. There are certain limit instances where the defendant may become aware otherwise.

Once they're served with the Temporary PFA order and with a notice of the hearing, they're formally required to attend to that court date. Once they're served, it would be the defendant's expectation or obligation to not have any contact with the plaintiff. The third parties can also not have contact with the plaintiff on the defendant's behalf, that's either in person by phone, text, message, email, social media.

A defendant, if ordered by the court, they would be evicted potentially from their home or their apartment. They would be required to surrender their firearms if they have firearms, either for personal reasons or work. If the PFA prohibits contact with the defendant child or children, they would have to comply with that. There could be tremendous consequences after a PFA is issued against a person and that's just to say a temporary order.

The potential concerns are even greater for Final PFA order is granted because they can last for up to three years potentially longer in Pennsylvania for person petitions the court to have it extended. Having an experienced PFA attorney will be your best ally to help you understand and navigate the PFA process. They should be involved from as early as possible in the case.

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