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Thank you for the information. Can you please tell me what your legal question is? Also, are you also active duty military? Briefly, why was the MPO put into place? Are their currently criminal charges pending against either of you with the military or the State? How was you son involved?
Thank you for your reply. Based solely on the information you shared with me, you have not violated any law. First and foremost, the military cannot prosecute you, so that assertion by your mother-in-law is misleading/false. Likewise, they cannot remove your son. The State could, but only if there is evidence that you put your son in harms way. That would be factors like letting your husband back into the home with your son there against the MPO or harming him yourself. You should not put too much credence the the words of your mother-in-law since she is obviously trying to manipulate the situation to her son's favor.
But again, nothing in what you shared would expose you to any legal "trouble." I find it curious though that your husband has not been charged with striking your son and that the State Child and Family Services have not gotten involved. But, I don't have all of the facts in the possession of the Government, so not sure what it going on from their side.
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As mentioned in my initial response, you cannot be prosecuted, even if you did violate the MPO. The military has NO criminal jurisdiction over you and the Justice Department doesn't handle these issues. So, this is false. The only issue that would ever arise is what I mentioned, the State, if you were to expose your son to your husband in a manner that the State believes is dangerous. They would not charge you criminally, but would instead intervene and possibly temporarily remove him from your home. But again, nothing in what you have told me would bring that about.
You can file for a restraining order, however, there would have to be evidence that he has recently physically threatened you and has the ability to reach you to harm you. Or, if he will not stop calling you, then the court may also issue a restraining order. You will need to contact the local court about doing so. Best though just to notify his Command that he is violating the MPO (if he is).
If the credit card has your name on it and you are still married and a court has not ordered that you separate your finances, then you can use the card. I can't really address the other issues because I am not your attorney (you should have a family law attorney representing you in this case), and I don't have all of the facts. I can only discuss what the law in general says about a particular issue, but can't give you a specific opinion based only the the facts you give me.
If you qualify, you can get free legal assistance from a local Legal Services Office. Just contact the State Bar Association and ask them for the nearest Legal Services Office or Legal Aid and they will evaluate your financial situation and if you are below a particular income level, they will assist you. Also, of course, if you are near a military base, you are entitled to free legal assistance through their legal assistance judge advocates.