If a man pushes a woman, she can file for a restraining order. But if a woman pushes a man, should the man be able to have a restraining order granted against her? A recent decision by the 2nd District Court of Appeals (JJ vs. MF, 2nd District, No 82464401, February 5, 2014) held that a woman can push a man without having a restraining order granted against her if there is a prior history of the man abusing her.
Shove Turns into Mutual Restraining Orders
JJ and MF are a divorced couple with one child. The mother has primary custody of their son. One night, the father dropped the son off with his grandmother but forgot to leave his jacket. The mother called him multiple times to ask him to bring the jacket back because the child was sick and it was cold.