Protection From Abuse

Know Your Legal Rights

If someone has been a victim of violence from a family member, former partner, or current intimate partner, they can seek a ‘Protection From Abuse’ order mandating that they are not to contact the abused party. A Protection From Abuse (PFA) order can require that the individual stay a minimum distance away from the individual, prohibit contact by phone, text, email or social media. Additionally, a protection from abuse order can grant temporary custody of children, and force the relinquishment of guns or weapons.

Though a valuable tool for those who are being abused by their family members or partners, PFAs can also be used inappropriately – they can be used as a sword instead of a shield, so to speak. Motivations can be retaliation, jockeying for custody, or others. However, if a PFA is entered against a person, that person could lose access to their firearms, could be put into a position to unintentionally violate the PFA, and also will have a PFA on their record. As you can see, a PFA is a tool that can be easily misused.

Generally, a preliminary and temporary PFA is granted without you having the opportunity to be heard by a judge. It is important that you obtain representation at this stage to prepare for your day in Court.

Other Family Law Practices


Alimony/Spousal Support

Custody & Support


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For six decades and counting, Martson Law Offices has offered a wide range of family law services to residents of Central Pennsylvania, including Cumberland County, Perry County, Juniata County, Adams County, Franklin County and the surrounding area. These services include:

  • Divorce
  • Spousal support 
  • Child support
  • Child custody 
  • Adoption
  • Prenuptial agreements and postnuptial agreements
  • Marital settlement agreements (MSAs)
  • Qualified Domestic Relations Orders
  • Grandparents’ custody rights
  • Emancipation of minors and termination of parental rights
  • Name changes
  • Asset negotiation

Representing Central PA for More than 60 years

Martson Law Offices has been serving clients in Central Pennsylvania for more than six decades. Our attorneys have the experience and knowledge you’d find at a big-city law firm, but we also have deep roots in the community and understands the legal issues facing our clients locally.

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