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Domestic Violence

1. What is a Domestic Violence Restraining Order (DVRO) and how soon can I get it?
It is a court order that helps protect people from abuse. DVRO can be issued in one or two days. In some cases, it can be obtained the same day the application is filed.
2. How long does the Domestic Violence Restraining Order (DVRO) last?
The first (also called “temporary”) order lasts until your next court date (approximately for 21 days). At the hearing, the judge will decide to continue or cancel the order. The order could last for up to 5 years. Child custody orders have different end dates and usually last until the child turns 18.
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