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Restraining Order

Updated: Sep 11

Part three of the VLP's Protection Order series.

Who can apply?

  • A married person filing for divorce, legal separation, or to determine parentage.

  • A person who shares a child in common with the person he or she is filing for divorce, legal separation, or to determine parentage.

To qualify a person does not have to experience violence or the threat of violence.


What does it do?

All the things an Order of Protection does AND may also order:

  • Child support

  • Maintenance income

  • Assign property to either party

  • Establish permanent child custody

  • Use of a family home


What happens if he or she violates the order?


The violator may be arrested and face possible criminal or contempt charges.


Examples to apply for a Restraining Order:

  • Your wife has threatened to take the kids and leave the country if you file for divorce.

  • You are concerned your child’s father will take your child when you file to determine parentage.


NOT examples to apply for a Restraining Order:

  • You never want to see your ex-boyfriend again.

  • Your mom hits you.

  • A coworker is following you outside of work.


Learn more about Restraining Orders in Spokane County.

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