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Georgia Protective Orders Laws

Protective orders, or "restraining orders," are issued by judges and require a named individual stay a certain distance away from the person requesting the order for a certain period of time. State protective order laws are relatively similar from one state to the next. Protective orders are typically used to protect abused spouses from their abusers. Georgia protective order laws allow the order to be in effect for six months, but may be converted to a permanent order if necessary.

The following table lists the main provisions of Georgia protective order laws. See Domestic Violence: Orders of Protection to learn more.

Code Section 19-13-1, et seq.
Activity Addressed by Order Enjoin contact; exclude from dwelling; regarding minor children: grant temporary custody, visitations, support and attorney's fees, counseling; provide suitable alternate housing for petitioner and minor children; provide for possession of personal property
Duration of Order Maximum 6 months; temporary order may be converted to permanent order
Penalty for a Violation of Order Misdemeanor
Who May Apply for Order Person who isn't a minor on behalf of self or a minor
Can Fees Be Waived? -
Order Transmission to Law Enforcement Sheriff of the county where order was entered
Civil Liability for Violation of Order Contempt

Note: State laws are constantly changing -- contact a Georgia domestic violence attorney or conduct your own legal research to verify the state law(s) you are researching.

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