When encountering difficulties at home a spouse/cohabitee presently has the ability to seek a Non Molestation Order for protection against domestic abuse and/or an Occupation Order in the event the party is seeking to exclude their partner from the home. The new Order proposed in the consultation papers may allow for a single protective Order to be made during ongoing proceedings , on conviction or acquittal in criminal proceedings.  The new proposed Order does not negate the need for Non Molestation or Occupation Orders but offers an alternative.

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