Will I void or violate my restraining order by having contact with the respondent?

The law says the respondent is prohibited from initiating direct contact with the petitioner. If the petitioner of a domestic abuse restraining order allows the respondent admittance into her or his home, the restraining order does not become null and void. The police are to enforce any violations of that order. However, if the petitioner continues to initiate contact, the police may believe that she or he is not serious about the injunction. The police can then arrest the petitioner and the prosecutor can charge the petitioner with aiding and abetting the violation of the restraining order.

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1. Is a restraining order for me?
2. Where do I start?
3. What comes after the Temporary Restraining Order?
4. Do I need an attorney?
5. Does the respondent need an attorney?
6. Are there penalties for respondents who break the temporary restraining order or injunction?
7. If I file a restraining order petition, will my abuser know what I said in the petition?
8. Does getting a restraining order mean I have custody of the kids?
9. Does having a temporary restraining order or injunction mean my abuser has to stay away from the kids also?
10. Can I get a restraining order for psychological/emotional abuse?
11. Will I be able to return to my home immediately after I file a temporary restraining order?
12. How can I make sure that the temporary restraining order/injunction will be enforced?
13. If we live or work in the same place, how can I be assured of no contact with my abuser?
14. How do I determine which county I should file in?
15. Will I void or violate my restraining order by having contact with the respondent?
16. Is it possible to get my restraining order extended?