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A look at the types of restraining orders in California

On Behalf of | Mar 15, 2023 | Family Law |

Each domestic situation has its challenges, but some require legal actions to take place. This can happen as part of a divorce proceeding a custody battle or for other reasons.

A quick look at the main types of restraining orders reveals what they can accomplish in terms of preventing abuse or harassment.

Personal conduct order

According to information from the California Courts, this type of restraining order names one protected person or several protected persons. For example, it could name an adult and one or more children. It also identifies someone known as the restrained person. The order then lists the things or actions the restrained person cannot engage in, such as:

  • Contact with the protected person
  • Harassment
  • Stalking
  • Threatening

Stay-away order

This specific type of order has the legal force to keep an unwanted person a set distance away from the protected party. For example, the order could demand a person stay 100 yards away from another person or from that person’s residence or place of work. The order can name just about any important place in a person’s life.

A residence exclusion order

This order keeps a person out of another person’s residence. It could include short exceptions to allow the restrained person to collect personal items. This type of order might have a connection with an upcoming court case such as a domestic violence case or an elder abuse situation.  An individual can only request a residence exclusion order in specific circumstances.

A restraining order is a legal document that can enforce broad powers. It can represent an effective legal strategy in certain situations.