Restraining Order Definition

A court order preventing a certain action from being taken until a full hearing can be held as to whether that action should be enjoined.
American Heritage
A court order demanding cessation of a specified activity; specif., such an order demanding that a person stop bothering or harassing another.
Webster's New World
A temporary restraining order (T.R.O.); a restraining order is always temporary, because it is ordered without a hearing. This distinguishes it from an injunction. A court order issued to prevent a family member or other party from harassing, threatening, harming, seizing the property of, and sometimes even approaching or having any kind of contact with another; a court order issued to temporarily prevent a transfer of property, pending a hearing.
Webster's New World Law

(law) An order issued by a court of law or other legal authority for a specified timeframe forbidding the restrained party from contacting and close proximity to the protected party and other restrictions, usually banning the possession of arms.

If you are thinking about getting a restraining order it is very important that you are aware of the different provisions which are available to ensure that you are properly protected.

In order to obtain a restraining or protective order, you will have to go to court in the jurisdiction where you live and complete official papers, one of which is a petition in which you will describe the abuse that you have encountered.

After the petition is notarized, the judge will speak to you in regards to the contents of the petition.
In most cases, a judge will grant a temporary restraining order on the spot if he or she feels that can you have provided enough information to support the need for a protective order.
You can obtain a restraining order on your own or you can easily seek the assistance of a legal advocate in order to begin the process of getting a restraining order if you aren't sure exactly how or where to get a restraining order.

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