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The types of restraining orders in Georgia

If you're having problems with an ex, spouse, or partner being abusive toward you, a loved one, or your children, then you may want to consider a restraining order. Reasons for obtaining a restraining order may include harassment or abuse, both of which you don't have to put up with.

When you receive a restraining order, the order will direct the person it is for to refrain from doing something to the other person. There are legal restrictions placed on the receiving party, and if that person continues to break the terms of the order, there are legal penalties that he may face.

In Georgia, a temporary restraining order may be known as a Family Violence Protection Order. This kind of order protects families from abuse, either verbal or physical, for a specified amount of time. If someone breaks that order, that person could be accused of aggravating stalking or other charges, which may include heavy penalties.

There are two main kinds of protection orders for families in Georgia. One is known as a temporary ex parte order, while the other is a family violence protection order. With a TRO, the order lasts only 30 days or until a court hearing is participated in by the parties. At that point, the court will decide on other kinds of protective orders, if they're needed.

If a protective order is violated, then the person in contempt of court may go to prison for up to 12 months and can also be sentenced to either a felony or misdemeanor for aggravated stalking or general stalking.

Source: FindLaw, "Georgia Temporary Restraining Order Laws," accessed Dec. 23, 2015

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