Our firm successfully defended a Protection Order protecting Wife from Husband, despite the fact that they lived in different states. While Husband lived in Alaska and Wife was in Ohio, our firm was able to successfully present evidence showing Husband had sufficient potential to cause harm to Wife despite the distance.
Conduct Prior to the Protection Order
When they met, Husband was a resident of Alaska and Wife was a resident of Ohio. Shortly after meeting, they married in Anchorage, Alaska. Wife temporarily returned to Ohio before joining her new husband in Alaska. After five months of living together, Wife left Alaska and moved back to Ohio due to Husband’s domestic abuse.
Two months after returning home, Wife filed for a Civil Protection Order (CPO) in Ohio because she was afraid of Husband. Husband had threatened Wife via text messages since moving back to Ohio, in addition to the existing abuse she had suffered in Alaska. The trial court granted the Civil Protection Order against Husband based on this evidence.
Husband appealed the trial court’s decision, arguing that the Ohio court did not have jurisdiction over him because he lived in Alaska. Further, he argued that he had not done anything in Ohio to cause Wife’s fear and that the distance between the two made it unreasonable to order a CPO.
Husband’s Conduct in Alaska was Sufficient
However, Husband’s arguments were unable to persuade the appeals court. Our firm successfully argued that, even though Husband was living in Alaska, his threatening phone calls and texts to Wife gave the court power over Husband. This is because the standard required for a CPO is to show that Wife was “in danger of domestic violence”. This standard can be met by “threats of violence” assuming “the fear resulting from the threat is reasonable”.
In the past, Husband had shown that he was willing to physically harm Wife, through prior abusive behavior. Since her move to Ohio, Husband had repeatedly asked for Wife’s address, stating that he would “come find her” because she “will never leave” him. Further, Husband regularly traveled the United States and had the means to travel to Ohio as he wished.
The court agreed that Husband’s past behavior and ability to travel made Wife’s fear “reasonable”. As a result, the court upheld Wife’s CPO to protect her from potential further abuse by Husband.
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