Is Domestic Abuse An Issue In Your Divorce?

Fielding Family Violence Situations

Issues of domestic violence in divorce can quickly escalate. Whether you have been a victim of abuse or have been falsely accused, it is easy to become overwhelmed. It is important during this difficult time to remain focused on what you can do to improve your situation and maintain a healthy environment for your children. That starts with getting someone who knows the legal system who can protect your rights.

William C. Gentry is a seasoned trial attorney with over 30 years’ experience in family law courts across Cobb County, Cherokee County and Paulding County. He has helped numerous clients file for and contest family violence protective orders. Too often, a misunderstanding about protective orders leads to further harm for the entire family.

Mr. Gentry will clearly and honestly explain your options and what you can expect from the legal process.

Temporary Ex Parte Orders

Ex parte orders are temporary protective orders meant to prevent a domestic violence incident from taking place in the near future.

Judges can issue temporary protective orders without the person alleged to be a danger to his or her family being present. Because the alleged abuser is not present, however, such orders can only last 30 days, and fewer if a full hearing can be arranged sooner.

Many misconceptions exist about such orders. As a brief summary, ex parte orders:


  • Prevent the alleged abuser from seeing potential victims for a short time
  • Force the alleged abuser to move away from the residence
  • Grant temporary physical custody and/or child support


  • Decide the guilt or innocence of the alleged abuser
  • Automatically start a criminal prosecution
  • Decide final custody of children

Take Back Control. Call Today.

The emotions involved in temporary orders of protection are significant. Bill Gentry can clearly and objectively explain your rights. He has built a reputation as an ethical lawyer who upholds the best interests of his clients diligently and effectively through the process of divorce.

To schedule your free consultation and to get a thorough analysis of your legal options, call 770-884-4171 or reach us confidentially online. Conveniently located in Marietta, Georgia, we answer the phone during business hours and respond promptly to all inquiries.