A person who has experienced domestic violence may seek a protection order with the assistance of a Seattle civil protection order lawyer. Courts may order a protection order based upon violence against a child. Washington law does, however, recognize a parent’s right to physically discipline his or her child, as long as that discipline is reasonable and moderate. An incident of reasonable and moderate physical discipline should not lead to the issuance of a protection order.
A father recently challenged a protection order, claiming that the incident in question was discipline rather than assault. The mother had petitioned for an order of protection against her former husband, alleging that he had assaulted the mother and their son. A judge issued a temporary order of protection, prohibiting the father from having contact with his former wife and their three children.
The father filed opposing declarations, disputing most of the accusations. He did admit, however, that he had recently slapped his 11-year-old son’s cheek for talking back. A police report indicated that the responding officers did not see any marks on the child’s face.