Q: My wife took out a TPO against me and then contacted me by text..What can I do..??
Be careful, thats what you can do. Even when she solicits contact, ANY violation of the TPO can justify an arrest or violation. Thats one of the big issues with these orders. No matter her intention, the cops are going to do what the document tells them too.
You need to get a local lawyer to be your conduit to communicate and you need to pursue having the order dropped, using her solicitation as a justification.
And look into a divorce lawyer, once folks realize how much power these orders grant they are often abused.
Morris Margulis agrees with this answer
I concur with Counselor Schiffer. Extreme caution is advised. Do not respond to her messages.
Get a lawyer to prepare a cease & desist letter to send to her. Do NOT do it yourself.
After that, if she continues to try to bait you into violating the TPO, you can file against her for contempt of court, asserting the claim that she is willfully interfering with the court's order.
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