My mother and I fled our home this weekend due to concerns for our safety, caused by my step-father. We're staying at a friend's house across town while we sort things out.
The home is one which we have lived in for decades, with some of those years pre-dating my step-father's presence in our lives. So, naturally, we would like to return to it as soon as possible. But we still don't feel comfortable going back with him living there.
I don't know exactly what my mother is planning to do about the situation in general - she may not even know herself. But this did make me curious about one possibility.
Could one of us get a restraining order against my step-father, and then return to our home, thereby forcing his ejection from the house? If this is legal, is there any reason not to do this in terms of how a judge may look upon it in later proceedings?
Jurisdiction is Orange County, Florida