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What are some common questions about restraining orders?

Obtaining a restraining order is typically not a difficult process. If a person can show they have fear of your actions, then the court will typically grant the order. 

If you have a restraining order against you, it may bring up some concerns about how this will impact your life. The California Courts explains that you may lose some privileges or have some rights restricted while the order is in place. 

Can I get a restraining order against the person who filed against me?

It is possible to get a restraining order against the person who filed one against you. You have to file your own request. It will be a separate case completely from the order against you. 

Can I see my children?

The contact you can have with your children depends on what the judge said in the order. A judge can prevent you from seeing your children or limit your interactions. You may also be unable to leave the state with your children. 

If I leave the state, will the restraining order remain in effect?

An order is valid in any state even if a judge in California issued it. You have the responsibility to let local law enforcement know about the restraining order against you when you move. 

Will the court report me to immigration?

If you do not have a green card, you must still go to court for the restraining order or else you could face additional charges. The court will not report you to immigration services, but immigration will learn about the order.