What is a child protection order in Virginia?

Child protection is safeguarding the children from domestic abuse, neglect, violence, and exploitation. It is in the law that children’s lives must be protected inside and outside home. A child protection order is a kind of court order delivered by a judge to protect a particular child from abuse, neglect and preventing exposure to domestic violence. The court order is mostly directed towards the parents of the child who may have earlier harmed the child, the child’s other siblings, or the child’s step parents.

The main focus of allowing a child protective order is to stop the abusive parent from coming within proximity or certain defined radius of the child. For example, the judge may ask the abuser to stay at least 100 feet away from the victim or child. The conditions and requirements of child protection order differ from state to state and on the family situation

The considerations included in a Child Protection Order:

A child protection order is issued by the court according to the particular facts surrounding each case. The state laws also play a part in the final judgment made by the presiding judge. The state laws mostly differ regarding the child custody to either of the parents. But generally, some of the aspects covered by a child protection order include:

  • Contact with the child or children: The court orders the abusive parent to stay at a certain distance from the child or children. The abusive parent would also be stopped from visiting the child at school or home or any other place. In some cases, depending on the abuse the judge may also disallow the parent from interacting with the child through another mean such as phone or e-mail. What stalking also comes under harassment is also forbidden.
  • Submitting property and other documents: The child protection order will mostly require the abusive parent to surrender any property or vehicle belonging to the child, and most importantly other documents such as birth certificates, medical cards, and passport of the child or children.
  • Visitation: The judge may limit or even strictly deny visitation rights to the parent
  • Payment of injury and damages: In instances where abuse from a parent resulted in physical injury or property damage, then the protection order may force the parent to cover the medical expenses and other loss payments.
  • Mandatory counseling sessions: One of the key points of child protection orders is making sure that the abusive parent attends counseling sessions to control his/her anger, attitude and improve his/her lifestyle.

Child protection orders are similar to other temporary restraining orders, and they often end after a time defined by the state law. The length of time in of a protection order vary from one state to another. There are serious legal and financial consequences for a parent who violates the child protective issued by the court. Many states impose a fine of at least to $1,000, and likely jail time for a parent on violating the child protection order.

It is better to consult and employ the services of a professional family lawyer who can help in obtaining a child protection order. The lawyer would guide you through the whole legal process and also help to enforce the child protection order.