25 September 2003
You've got to be kidding me. Have none of these people ever practiced in domestic court? Of course it's relevant that the woman invited the man over. Protective orders, especially in busy courts where the judges don't really have the time to seperate the chaff from the wheat, are abused. They are taken out as leverage in child custody disputes, weapons in the divorce, and a way to keep the man in line. I limit my practice in Domestic court and even I've had a number of cases where the woman never even left the guy. She just took out the order because she was mad at him after she lost the latest round in the weekly family fight (which, like as not, she started) and uses it as a weapon against him the next time she's drunk and pissed at him. There has to be a way to rein in such abuse.
Author: Ken Lammers on 9/25/2003