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Intervention Order Lawyers

An intervention order, formerly known as a restraining order, is a court order which prohibits a person from behaving in a certain way toward a protected person. These orders last a lifetime and can have a profound effect on you by both restricting your movements and limiting your contact with the protected person (or persons).

If you’ve been served an intervention order, it’s important that you take it seriously. In most cases, it’s best to speak to a specialist intervention order lawyer as soon as you’re served an intervention order.

The intervention law experts at Testart Family Law can help you understand your options, advise you on the best way forward and ensure that you achieve the best possible outcome.

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Intervention orders explained

The purpose of an intervention order is to protect a person in the event that they feel unsafe by placing restrictions on the actions of another person (the defendant).

A person can apply for an intervention order if they believe the defendant has taken any of the following actions and are likely to do so again:

  • Harassed them.
  • Assaulted or threatened to assault them.
  • Behaved offensively.
  • Emotionally or psychologically abused them.
  • Damaged or threatened damage to their property or pets.
  • Caused them to fear for their safety or the safety of your family.

An intervention order can be served against family members of the person or others that are not family members.


There are two types of intervention orders:

  • Interim order: a temporary order that applies until the court/magistrate can hear evidence and make a decision.
  • A final order: a long-term order that is made if the court/magistrate believes the person or persons need protecting with an intervention order.

Once the interim intervention order has been served to you, it is in force and you must not breach it. At this stage, the court will hear the case and decide whether or not to put in place a final order.

To place a final order, the magistrate must be satisfied that, without intervention, the defendant will commit an act of abuse (examples listed above) against the person.

If you plan to defend the order or change any of the order’s conditions, you’ll need legal advice to ensure you give yourself the best possible chance. You’ll also need a lawyer present at court to represent you.

How could an intervention order affect me?

Once a final order is passed, the intervention order will remain in place forever. That is, unless you are able to make a successful application to revoke the order or vary its conditions.

Intervention orders can place a number of restrictions on you including:

  • Limiting the contact you’re able to have with the defendant and/or your children.
  • Completely prohibiting you from seeing the defendant and/or your children.
  • Prohibiting you from being near the defendant’s house or place of work.
  • Prohibiting you from contacting the defendant.

Being served an intervention order can be stressful and difficult but it’s important to take the matter seriously and get the best possible advice.

Do I need an intervention order lawyer?

If you plan to defend the intervention order or request to vary its conditions, you will need a lawyer. In any case, it’s usually advisable to seek legal advice when you’ve been served an intervention order as often there’s a lot at stake.

The intervention order lawyers at Testart Family Lawyers have years of experience providing advice on intervention orders and defending our clients. We can also assist with applications to vary conditions of orders that have already passed.

Give yourself the best possible chance of getting the result that you want. Choose Testart’s experienced intervention order lawyers for advice and guidance every step of the way. From the first engagement to resolution of your issue – we take care of you.

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Our intervention order process

We know that family violence can be traumatising and difficult. Our process is designed to reduce stress as much as possible. Our experienced intervention order lawyers are here to help you navigate the process after being served an intervention order so that you don’t have to go through it alone.

  • Our first consultation is free, during which we’ll get to know you, understand your situation and ask about the outcome you want to achieve.
  • Next, we’ll provide a summary of your legal position and suggest the best ways to move forward based on our family law experience and expertise.
  • If you decide to engage our legal services, we’ll take care of you, from providing initial advice and support through to resolution of your issue.

Most importantly, we provide expert legal advice so that you know exactly where you stand and what your options are at all times. If you plan to defend or vary the intervention order, we can also provide advice to give you the best possible chance.

The benefits of hiring an intervention order lawyer

Being served with an intervention order can be incredibly difficult and the stakes are high. The process can also be incredibly complex and confusing, especially if you plan to dispute the order or vary its conditions.

An experienced intervention order lawyer can help simplify the entire process and ensure that you understand your legal position. With this knowledge, you’ll be equipped to make decisions about what the best next steps may be.

If you do plan to dispute the intervention order, you’ll need an experienced family lawyer by your side to represent you. We’ll help guide you through this process, advocating on your behalf to give you the best possible chance of achieving the outcome you want.

If you’ve been served an intervention order, it’s always best to seek legal advice right away – get in touch today to book a free first consultation to get started.

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