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Domestic Violence Protective Orders

Domestic Violence & Abuse

Last updated on 12/20/2023 at 8:14 pm

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What is domestic violence?

Who can file for protection from domestic violence?

What is the cost?

How do I get a protective order?

What do I put in the petition?

What do you need to file?

How does the protective order work?

What else can you ask for?

What is permissive relief?

Who can ask for a protective order?

Can I get a protective order against anyone?

Where do I file the petition?

What is an emergency hearing?

What is an emergency protective order?

How does the emergency protective order work?

What happens if the magistrate does not give me an emergency protective order?

What is a temporary emergency protection order?

How can I prepare for the final hearing in Family Court?

What happens at the Final hearing if the respondent hasn’t been served?

What happens at the final hearing if the respondent has been served?

Do I have to have a lawyer?

What happens if the person who is abusing me doesn't attend the hearing?

What happens if the person who is being abused does not attend the hearing?

What is a domestic violence protective order?

Can the domestic violence protective order be extended without going back to court?

What happens if the judge does not give the person being abused a domestic violence protective order?

Is there anything I can do if I don't like the judge's decision?

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