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Once a Restraining Order has Been Issued, Can it be Canceled?

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Only a Judge can change or cancel a Restraining Order.

All Restraining Orders have a time limit.

  • If the judge grants the request for a Temporary Restraining Order, it will last until the Order to Show Cause hearing on the Restraining Order, which is usually about three weeks.
  • After that, the court can issue a Restraining Order that will last up to five years.

The person requesting protection can later ask the court to renew that Restraining Order, either for another five years or permanently, whether or not there has been any more violence or threats of violence.

  • If there is a need for a renewal, the person requesting protection should apply for it within the three months BEFORE his or her original Restraining Order runs out by filling out and filing a:

    •  Request to Renew Restraining Order (Form DV-700) Opens new window

To read an information sheet called "How Do I Ask the Court to Renew My Restraining Order?" (DV-700-INFO) in English, Spanish, Chinese, Korean or Vietnamese, click on the language you need:

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