What does a restraining order do?

A restraining order forbids the defendant from further acts of domestic violence. It restrains the defendant from having any contact with the plaintiff, or plaintiff’s relatives, friends, or co-workers. A restraining order can also grant one party temporary custody and arrange a visitation schedule. 

The defendant can be ordered to pay plaintiff for care and maintenance of the minor children. A plaintiff may request temporary possession of the residence, order defendant to receive counseling, and/or monetary compensation to victim.

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1. Who is eligible for a restraining order?
2. How do I get a restraining order?
3. What does a restraining order do?
4. What is a violation of a restraining order, what should I do?
5. Who can violate the restraining order?
6. Can I see or speak with the defendant?