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A current or former spouse A sibling (brother or sister) A blood relative such as a parent A relative by marriage (an in-law) A person with whom you have a child in common A current roommate A former roommate A foster parent A foster child A person who you are dating or have dated
A person who has a divorce pending is eligible for a protective order. The protective order must be filed in the court in which the divorce is pending. You may also be able to get a protective order against someone who has sexually assaulted you even if they are not a family or household member (like a co-worker or neighbor).
Magistrate’s Order of Emergency ProtectionTemporary Ex Parte OrderPermanent Protective Order
They are good for 31-61 days.
If you partner has been arrested for a family violence assault, you must ask for this before he is released from jail.
You may receive a Temporary Ex Parte Order without your abuser present.
The court can issue a Temporary Ex Parte Order if it decides that the information given in your application for a protective order presents a clear and present danger of family violence to either you or a family member.
A Temporary Ex Parte Order lasts for the period of time specified in the order, usually until the date of your full court hearing. In most places the court will schedule a date for a formal hearing no later than the 14th day after the date the application is filed
A Permanent Protective Order is effective for the time period specified in the order up to a maximum of 2 years. If there is no time period specified in the order, then it expires on the second anniversary of the date the order was issued.
If the Respondent is still incarcerated on the date that the protective order is set to expire, then the expiration date is extended for one year from his date of release.