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Whether you file your request for a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) with the police, the municipal court, or a Family Law Superior Court Judge, the restraining order will be for a limited period of time. This is because your alleged abuser hasn’t had an opportunity to respond and give his or her version of the events. The judge hearing your TRO is trying to determine if the TRO is necessary to protect your life, health or well-being. This temporary order will last until your full court hearing for the final restraining order (FRO) where the abuser has an opportunity to testify and present evidence. The FRO is typically scheduled within 10 days after a TRO is issued.
At the FRO, after both of you have an opportunity to testify and present any evidence or witness, the Family Superior Court Judge will decide if an FRO is appropriate. Unless the Judge places an expiration in the order (rare) an FRO can last forever. In New Jersey a FRO doesn’t expire. One of the parties must file a motion in court requesting a judge to end or change the order and the Judge must agree.
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