What comes after the Temporary Restraining Order?

If a Temporary Restraining Order is ordered by the court, a court date will be set for an injunction hearing. The petitioner should then contact law enforcement to have them serve the papers on the respondent. Never give the respondent the legal papers yourself. At the Injunction hearing, as the petitioner, you must appear in court and may bring others/advocates for moral support. Both the petitioner and the respondent have the opportunity to be heard at the injunction hearing. If the facts show domestic abuse, harassment, or child abuse has occurred, the court may issue an injunction for a period of not more than two years. The respondent may or may not be present at the hearing but must be served notification of the hearing.

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1. Is a restraining order for me?
2. Where do I start?
3. What comes after the Temporary Restraining Order?
4. Do I need an attorney?
5. Does the respondent need an attorney?
6. Are there penalties for respondents who break the temporary restraining order or injunction?
7. If I file a restraining order petition, will my abuser know what I said in the petition?
8. Does getting a restraining order mean I have custody of the kids?
9. Does having a temporary restraining order or injunction mean my abuser has to stay away from the kids also?
10. Can I get a restraining order for psychological/emotional abuse?
11. Will I be able to return to my home immediately after I file a temporary restraining order?
12. How can I make sure that the temporary restraining order/injunction will be enforced?
13. If we live or work in the same place, how can I be assured of no contact with my abuser?
14. How do I determine which county I should file in?
15. Will I void or violate my restraining order by having contact with the respondent?
16. Is it possible to get my restraining order extended?