An abuse prevention order is a court order. That means that only a judge can change the order. The person who requested the order CANNOT change or end the order without returning to court. Even if the plaintiff seems to request or allow conduct forbidden by the order, the defendant will be in violation of the abuse prevention order unless a judge has changed it.
If you want to change or end the order you can go to the same court that issued the order Monday through Friday 8:30 am to 4:00 pm to ask the judge to change or end the order. The Clerk-Magistrate’s Office can assist you in the filing of documents to make this request.
Abuse Prevention Orders for Plaintiffs
- Abuse Prevention Orders: Information for Plaintiffs (People Seeking Orders)
- What is Abuse?
- Who Can I Be Protected Against?
- What Can I Request Under an Abuse Prevention Order?
- How Do I Get an Abuse Prevention Order?
- How Long Does the Order Last?
- 10 Day Hearing
- How Do I Appeal?
- What Happens if the Defendant Does Something He or She is Not Supposed to Do?
- What if I Want to Change or Terminate (End) the Order?
- More Information for People Seeking Abuse Prevention Orders