If a protection order is valid, it is entitled to the full faith and credit for wherever you go.  A protection order is valid if the issuing court had authority over the victim and the abuser, authority to hear and decide the case, and the abuser was given notice and had opportunity to be heard.

What Should Be in my Protection Order?

Your protection order requires the police, prosecutors and the court to enforce it the same way they would enforce a local order. The below information is not required but it may make it easier to get your court order enforced:

  1. the names of the parties and any children
  2. the date the order was issued
  3. an expiration date (if it has one)
  4. a signature by or on behalf of a judicial officer
  5. terms and conditions against the abuser
  6. name and phone number of the issuing court and the name of the judicial officer who issued the order

What Does it Mean that a Protection Order Should Be Served to the Abuser?

This means that the abuser was given a copy, usually by the police, of the protection order. The police then give the court proof that the order was served. A notice can also be ok. This essentially means that the abuser knew about the order. If you need to report violations show the police any proof you have that the order was served or the abuser had notice. If the order hasn’t been served you should ask the police that you report the violation to, to serve it and if possible arrest the abuser for any other crime he has committed in that jurisdiction.

Do I Need a Lawyer?

The legal process in getting a protection order and what to do if you relocate can be confusing and difficult. A criminal lawyer who is experienced in domestic violence law can assist you.