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Now that a gun violence restraining order is in effect, you may need to enforce it if the restrained person has, buys, or uses firearms (guns), firearm parts, ammunition, or magazines. Enforce usually means calling the police to report a violation. The restrained person may go to jail or pay a fine.
Now that you have a restraining order, you may need to enforce it if the restrained person violates the order. Enforce usually means to call the police to report a violation. The restrained person can go to jail or pay a fine if convicted of violating your restraining order.
There are different types of restraining orders. You have to make sure you ask for the right one. For example, you would file one type if you need protection from your spouse or ex. You would file another type if you need one against your neighbor (whom you've never dated). If you file the wrong type, the judge won't be able to make a decision in
If there's a history of domestic violence in a family, judges use special laws to help protect children when making decisions about child custody.
If you need a judge to make an order as soon as possible due to an emergency, you can file a request for a temporary emergency order.
If you want to change or end any of the orders made by the judge in a Restraining Order After Hearing (form DV-130), you have to file court papers to make the request.
If a judge granted you a long-term restraining order (on form DV-130), you can ask for it to be renewed (extended) before it runs out (expires).
Once papers are filed starting a family law case (like a divorce or a parentage case), you can ask for a court date so a judge can make a decision about your financial or family situation. This is called requesting an order. You can request an order about many issues, like child or spousal support, or child custody and visitation (parenting time).
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The first step in getting a domestic violence restraining order is to tell the court about the abuse you've experienced and the protection you want. You do this by filling out a set of court forms, and this usually takes one to several hours for most people.