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Iowa Protective Orders Laws

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Code Section 236.1, et seq.
Activity Addressed by Order Counseling; enjoin contact; exclude from dwelling, school, or work; regarding minor children: temporary custody, visitations, support, maintenance
Duration of Order Maximum 1 year. Emergency: maximum 72 hours; may then seek temporary order.
Penalty for a Violation of Order Simple misdemeanor, contempt: required jail sentence; if no contact order: county jail minimum 7 days, a fine may be imposed, attorney's fees, court costs
Who May Apply for Order Person seeking relief from domestic abuse on behalf of self or unemanicipated minor
Can Fees Be Waived? Yes
Order Transmission to Law Enforcement Certified copy to county sheriff within 6 hours of filing of the order
Civil Liability for Violation of Order Contempt

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