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On Oct. 1, 2014, changes in Maryland domestic violence laws were made as a result of the Maryland General Assembly’s decisions during the most recent legislative session.

Although the process for obtaining a protective order remains the same, the standard of evidence that must be proven in order to obtain a protective order has changed. No changes were made to domestic violence laws with respect to the criminal sanctions for violations of protective orders.

Before Oct. 1, 2014, someone seeking a protective order was expected to convince a judge by “clear and convincing” evidence that abuse had occurred before a court would grant the petitioner a protective order. However, for all cases filed after Oct. 1, 2014, the standard has been changed such that a petitioner now only needs to prove that the abuse occurred by a “preponderance of the evidence.” This change in the law should make it easier for victims of family violence to get protective orders.

Legal Representation for Maryland Abuse Cases

If you are interested in speaking with an attorney about legal matters involving protective orders, peace orders, or any other family law matter, please contact the attorneys at Andalman & Flynn by calling (301) 563-6685 or filling out an online contact form. We will do everything we can to protect your best interests during this difficult time.