What is a Domestic Violence Restraining Order?

A domestic violence restraining order is an order that helps protect you from someone with whom you have a close relationship and who is abusive. It may contain orders telling that person what they cannot do to you. It may also have orders that tell that person to stay a certain distance away from you.

Who can I file a Domestic Violence Restraining Order against?

You may request a Domestic Violence Restraining Order against your spouse or former spouse; person you have, or have had, an intimate relationship with; mother or father of your child; anyone closely related to you by blood, marriage or adoption (example: mother, father, child, brother, sister, or grandparent); or person who regularly lives in your home.

If we have children, can the restraining order include custody orders?

If you and the other party have children together the court may make a Parenting Plan part of its orders.