A Protection From Abuse (PFA) Order is a very powerful tool. Under Pennsylvania law, a Court may grant any appropriate relief needed to bring about a cessation of abuse. The most typical provisions of a PFA are as follows:
(1) direct the abuser not to abuse the victim or the victim’s minor children;
(2) exclude the abuser from the victim’s residence where the abuser and the victim own or rent the residence together or where the victim owns or rents alone;
(3) exclude the abuser from the victim’s residence where the abuser owns or rents alone, so long as the abuser and victim are married or have a child together;
(4) award temporary custody of the minor children to the victim;
(5) direct the abuser to pay spousal and/or child support to the victim;
(6) direct the abuser to have no contact with the victim or the victim’s minor children, nor to go to where the victim or the children work or go to school, and not to harass the victim or the victim’s minor children or relatives;
(7) direct the abuser to relinquish to the sheriff any of the defendant’s firearms;
(8) direct the abuser to pay for reasonable losses suffered by the victim because of the abuse;
(9) direct the abuser not to stalk the victim.
Spivak Law Firm provides strong, aggressive representation for plaintiffs and defendants in PFA matters. To speak with an experienced PFA lawyer, call us at (412) 344-4900 or toll free at (800) 545-9390.