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What is a Non-Molestation Order?
It is a civil Order which can prohibit a person using or threatening violence, communicating with or even entering an address. Molestation can come in all shapes and forms, and a one-size-fits-all approach is not always the case. Luckily, the law recognises the need for such protection and allows for an Order to be made.
Can I apply for a Non-Molestation Order
To apply for an Order, the law requires that the other party must be an associated person. This can range from ex-partners, cohabitants, previous sexual relations and even relatives.
How Can I Obtain a Non-Molestation Order?
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What is ‘Molestation’?
In order to afford protection to as many people as possible, the term “molestation” can mean a wide range of behaviour. So, if you are being harassed by your ex-partner or spouse, even where there has been no violence, this may be an Order you should consider. The Judge will assess molestation on a “more likely than not” basis.
How long will the order last?
There is no specific duration. Typically, an Order is granted for 6 months but this can be extended to 12 months if the court thinks it is necessary.
What happens if an order is breached?
Breaching an order is a criminal offence and can result in imprisonment for up to 5 years or a fine.
How do I apply?
A Non-Molestation Order can be obtained by making an Application to the Court, on an emergency basis if necessary.