First of all, we want to say that if you’re in a situation where you’re considering a restraining order, we have a great deal of empathy for how difficult it must be, as well as admiration for your strength. Getting to the point in any relationship where you need to consider such a legal protection is traumatic and unfair.
In this article, we will explain the four basic types of restraining orders under California law. Our experienced attorneys at WSG Law are also standing by ready to help you during this difficult time. Let us handle the legal side of things for you.
Domestic Violence Restraining Orders
Domestic violence restraining orders are typically issued when one spouse or partner commits acts of abuse against the other, though they are sometimes also issued in cases of child abuse. It is something of an umbrella term since many different acts can be grounds for a restraining order. There are three major provisions that may be included.
Stay away orders: This is exactly what it sounds like; it orders the offender to maintain physical distance between themselves and their victim. Commonly, judges will order alleged abusers to stay 500 yards from the victim at all times. They may also be forbidden from coming near places the victim frequently must visit, such as their home, place of employment or school, and even sometimes the homes of family members.
Personal conduct orders: These are often issued in conjunction with stay away orders. They expressly forbid the offender from engaging in abusive behaviors, which might include texting, calling, or otherwise contacting the victim; destroying or damaging the victim’s property; harassing the victim’s friends and family; or anything else that may cause harm to the victim.
Move out orders: Once again, these are fairly self-explanatory. They order the abuser to move out of their residence if it is shared with their victim. These orders seek to remove punitive measures felt by victims, who have traditionally been the ones forced to leave their homes in dangerous situations. Move out orders often forbid the offender from taking any possessions other than clothing and other essentials with them.
A domestic violence restraining order may contain any or all of these provisions in the state of California. Often, the provisional orders contain explicit details about what the abuser can and must not do to avoid violating the order. It is also common for these orders to contain instructions regarding custody of children shared by the couple.