How is a Restraining Order obtained?

A Restraining Order can be obtained in Superior Court as part of a Family Law Action such as divorce, separation, custody or paternity. A Temporary Restraining Order can be filed at the filing of the civil petition and signed by the judge effective until heard in court. Many persons obtain attorneys to represent them through this process. The prosecutor or attorney general, when involved in paternity actions, may request a restraining order on behalf of the child.

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1. Who may obtain a Restraining Order?
2. What can a Restraining Order do?
3. How is a Restraining Order obtained?
4. What is the cost for obtaining a Restraining Order?
5. What happens if a Restraining Order is knowingly violated?