California law provides protection for victims of domestic violence through Restraining Orders. A family member, spouse (or former spouse), a child (through a capable adult) or current or former intimate partner may seek a Restraining Order to protect them from ongoing physical or emotional abuse or harassment. A Temporary Restraining Order may be issued in an emergency situation. A more permanent order may be issued for up to five (5) years, after a hearing, A Restraining Order may be renewed, upon request, at the expiration of a the original order. A restrained party may be enjoined from contacting the protected person and may be ordered to stay a certain distance away from the protected person. Under the law, the Court, pursuant to a Restraining Order, may make orders regarding custody/visitation and support and may order a restrained person to reimburse the victim’s medical and other costs.
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