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Holiday Stress and Orders of Protection

For many, the holidays are a time of joy as families gather to celebrate the season. Unfortunately, it can also be a season of increased stress and violence. Law enforcement officials report increased incidents of domestic violence and we handle more requests for orders of protection during the holidays. There are a few common reasons why domestic violence and, consequently, the need for orders of protection seem to increase at this time of year.


Many people can appreciate a glass of wine with a holiday dinner or a beer during football games. However, some people see the holidays as a time to drink too much. A quick review of our holiday family law cases shows that alcohol is often involved. If you are going to enjoy a drink this holiday season, please do so responsibly.

Financial Stress

At this time of year, your money is being pulled in every direction. The stress of competing demands on the family budget during the holiday season can lead to arguments. Unfortunately, disagreements over Christmas gifts or expensive holiday dinners can often boil over into an incident that results in an order of protection. It is important to understand how holiday spending affects you and your family before it becomes a problem. When it comes to gifts, meals or trips, agree on a budget and stick to it.

Lingering Grudges

One of the great things about the holidays is that it is a time when the whole family comes together. Unfortunately, that means that family members with long-standing grudges also come together. Many incidents that occur around the holiday season involve issues that are much deeper than a single event. It may be best simply to avoid any situation where conflict with another person may occur, even if that includes a family gathering.

The Lawyers of Brown & Roberto are Here for you

Orders of Protection and domestic violence are serious matters. If you are injured or feel threatened, contact the police immediately. If you find yourself needing an attorney to represent you on an order of protection or domestic violence case, contact us for a free consultation.

Our office is conveniently located in West Knoxville, with plenty of free parking. Give us a call at (865) 691-2777 or contact us through our website Brown & Roberto, PLLC to set up a free consultation.

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