Changing Restraining Orders

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All Restraining Orders have a time limit

Unless the judge approves the protected person's request to change or end the Restraining Order, the Restraining Order will stay in effect until the expiration (ending) date.

  • This date is given on page 1of the "Restraining Order After Hearing" (Form DV-130) in a box toward the bottom of the page. There, you will see a sentence stating: "These orders end at.…" The date given after that sentence is the date the Restraining Order ends.
  • This means that you risk legal action or criminal prosecution if you violate the DVPA Orders in any way before this date, or even after this date if the Restraining Order is continued after that date by a judge.

Only a judge can change or cancel a Restraining Order

You can ask the court to change child custody, child visitation, and child support orders if there has been a "substantial change of circumstances" since the last Order was made.

  • For assistance and referrals for modifying child support, custody and visitation you can visit or contact the Family Law Facilitator in your county, click here. Opens new window

Extension of Restraining Order

If the protected person wants the Restraining Orders to continue past the expiration date, he or she will need to file a request with the court any time in the three months before the restraining order expires.

  • If the protected person makes this request, you will be served with a copy of that request and have the chance to go to the hearing and say why you believe there is no longer any need for the Restraining Orders.
  • No new acts or threats of violence are required in order for the judge to grant the extension beyond the first five-year period.  


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