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What do I Need to Know About New Jersey’s Final Restraining Orders?

When facing issues of domestic violence within your home, it is important that you seek protection immediately. This can be done by receiving a restraining order. Continue reading below to learn more and contact an experienced New Jersey family law attorney for assistance.

What is a Final Restraining Order?

If you need protection from a situation of domestic violence, you can receive a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO). This is immediate relief obtained through either family court of the local police department. With this in place, your abuser cannot contact you in any way. After a TRO is issued, a court date should be set within 10 days to see if it should be made into a Final Restraining Order (FRO). During the hearing, you must prove why the order should become final. If granted, the FRO can last forever. 

What Happens at a Final Restraining Order Hearing?

An FRO hearing is similar to other court hearings in which you will be required to testify and present evidence for your case. This can include any police reports, medical records, witness testimonies, and more. It is important to note that the abuser also has the opportunity to do this in order to show domestic violence did not occur and an FRO is not needed. After reviewing the case, the judge can either grant the FRO or not. 

How Can a Restraining Order Impact Children?

After a final restraining order is granted, you and the individual it is against can no longer be in contact with one another. In the event that you have children together, this can be difficult if parenting time or financial support is included in the order. When dealing with these situations, it is best to have a trusted third-party handle these matters and drop off the children so there is no interaction.

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