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DOMESTIC VIOLENCE FAQ #14
14. How long do restraining orders last?
A court generally issues protective orders that remain in effect for at least 3 years. The court may,
however, issue an order that will remain effective for as long as 5 years. Fam C §6345(a). If no expiration
date is stated on the order, the order will expire 3 years from the date of issuance. Fam C §6345(c). At
the request of a party, a court may renew a protective order, either for 5 years or permanently, without a
showing of further abuse since the issuance of the original order. Fam C §6345(a). The court must find
by a preponderance of the evidence that the protected party entertains a "reasonable apprehension" of
future abuse. Ritchie v Konrad (2004) 115 CA4th 1275, 1290, 10 CR3d 387.
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