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Domestic Violence

Violencia intrafamiliar

HOW LONG DOES A TEMPORARY ORDER OF PROTECTION LAST?

The Temporary Order of Protection is valid until the court is able to set a hearing where both the petitioner and respondent appear and testify.  A hearing is usually set within ten (10) days of the Temporary Order of Protection being issued by the court. 

The respondent must be personally served with a copy of the Petition for Order of Protection from Domestic Abuse and the Temporary Order of Protection.  It is very important that you include a complete address for where the respondent lives and works so the respondent can be served with these legal papers.  If the respondent is not personally served, the hearing will have to be re-set. You should not serve the other party with court paperwork.  The sheriff’s office can serve the respondent (free of charge) or you can hire a process server on your own. 

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