How long does the Order remain in effect?
When you first get protection under the law, it is only temporary. The order is called a TRO, for Temporary Restraining Order. You must return to court on the date indicated in the TRO, which will be in about 10 days. Both you and the abuser will be asked to appear in court on that date. During the 10-day period, the police or Sheriff’s Office will serve the abuser with a copy of the order, so the abuser will know when the hearing is scheduled. Keep a copy of the order with you and give a copy to the police in any town where you think the abuser might bother you.