Restraining orders are protective actions issued by the court on behalf of individuals who believe their safety is at risk. These orders are against a named individual at the center of the conflict often on account of threats or a history of violent behaviors.
Receiving a restraining order can lead to feelings of confusion and anger. If it is a temporary order, it could signify that the individual is pursuing a permanent order in court. Once you receive the order, take steps to protect the case against you.
Read the order thoroughly
Read through the restraining order carefully once you receive it. Not all orders are the same, and the document will clearly state what you can or cannot do. It may specify types of allowable contact or it could dictate that you continue to pay certain bills or perform certain tasks. You cannot follow the order if you do not know what it says.
Respond to the order
It is common for a temporary restraining order to require some sort of response. A response could be the decision to tell your side of the story in court, in which case there are forms to fill out and file. You can also wait until the scheduled court date to respond to the order.
React to the order peacefully
It is natural to feel angry, hurt and confused when served with a restraining order. Do not react by contacting the other party or lashing out on social media. Adverse reactions could hurt your case.
Restraining orders are typically a temporary situation until settled in court. Protect your case by obeying the order precisely.