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Sheriff, Former Spouse Enter into Mutual Restraining Order during Divorce

Earlier this month, a mutual restraining order was issued during the divorce proceedings of a Michigan county sheriff and his former spouse.

Originally a request for a personal protection order (PPO) had been submitted by Brenda Cleeves-Reich after her former husband, Sheriff Tom Reich, filed for divorce in late April. However, a judge denied the PPO a day after it’s filing, electing instead to issue a mutual restraining order. According to court documents, the restraining order resolves the matters of the requested PPO.

Court records also revealed that Cleeves-Reich requested the PPO after a domestic dispute at the couple’s home in Eaton Rapids. Though no arrests were made, state police were dispatched to the scene.

Under the terms of the new order, both parties agreed not to stalk or assault the other, and are prohibited from entering the property where the other resides. The order also extends to each individual’s place of work, and prohibits taking the other’s property.

Divorce in California

Unfortunately, divorce affects many families across the country each year. According to figures from the American Psychological Association, approximately 40 to 50 percent of marriages end with divorce. And that’s only considering first-time marriages – the divorce rate for subsequent marriages is significantly higher.

When a couple decides to end their marriage and seek a divorce, there are several factors to consider, including issues relating to property division, spousal support and child support. These types of matter can grow increasingly complex, especially in divorces involving children or sizable assets.

Unlike some other states, seeking a divorce in California is a bit easier because an individual is able to file on irreconcilable differences. This essentially means that the relationship came to an irremediable breakdown, and there is nothing within either spouse’s power to amend it. This is a common claim in divorce, especially the ones we see at Whitmarsh Family Law, PC.

Additionally, those seeking divorce in California are seeking divorce in a no-fault jurisdiction, so it is not necessary to give any specific indication as to how or why the marriage broke down.

Are you or someone you love dealing with a divorce in California? If so, it is critical that you enlist the guidance of a skilled family law attorney. Only an attorney qualified in this area of law, and the laws in California, can assess your situation and recommend next steps towards a settlement.

Finding a Divorce Attorney in California

If you reside in Southern California, including the greater Los Angeles area, the legal team at Whitmarsh Family Law, PC can help you today. Our team of dedicated attorneys specializes exclusively in family law-related issues, including those involving delicate family issues like divorce. We know that dealing with these types of matters is never easy – that’s why our team is committed to advocating on behalf of the interests of, not just our clients, but your families as well.

No matter what the conditions are with your divorce, our firm is prepared to work with you to reach the best possible settlement.

Let us work with you to find resolution during this difficult time. To schedule a preliminary consultation to assess your divorce case, contact the attorneys at Whitmarsh Family Law, PC today at (310) 552-3505.

Whitmarsh Family Law, PC

1900 Avenue of the Stars, Suite 1800 B
Los Angeles, CA 90067
310-552-3505
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