If you have a troubled relationship with a spouse, partner or ex, you may find yourself facing accusations of violent, abusive or threatening behavior.
As emotions escalate, you may receive a temporary restraining order from the court that limits your interactions with your accuser and your children. Whether you agree with the allegations or not, reading and responding to this order promptly is essential.
1. Follow the terms of the temporary restraining order
A temporary restraining order remains in effect until the date of the court hearing. In addition to limiting contact with protected persons, the order may instruct you to move out of your shared home. Keep in mind that failing to follow the terms of this temporary order could result in steep fines and jail time.
2. Respond to the request for a restraining order
You can begin defending yourself before the hearing by filing the restraining order response form DV-120. This form gives you the opportunity to explain your side of the story and to agree or disagree with specific terms of the order.
3. Attend the restraining order hearing
Regardless of whether you file a response, it is essential that you attend the hearing, especially if you do not agree to having a restraining order against you. If you do not participate, the court may replace the temporary order with a full restraining order that lasts as long as five years.
A restraining order can have wide-ranging consequences on your job and finances as well as your personal life. If you have received a temporary restraining order, keep in mind that you may be able to minimize the impact by mounting a strong defense.