In Georgia, Temporary Protective Orders, or Restraining Orders, are called Family Violence Protection Orders. In Georgia, there are two types of family violence protective orders: (1) a Temporary Ex Parte Order and (2) a Permanent Protective Order.
A temporary ex parte order is designed to protect you from the abuser until the court holds a hearing. A hearing is mandatory before you can receive a long-term family violence protective order. You can receive a temporary ex parte order without a court hearing and without the abuser’s prior knowledge. In order to receive a temporary ex parte order, you must file a petition with the court. After you file your petition, a judge may grant a temporary order only if the judge believes that you are in immediate danger. Temporary ex parte orders last up to 30 days, or until your court hearing if it is being heard in another county in the same circuit. The temporary ex parte orders can be extended beyond 30 days upon agreement by both parties.
A permanent family violence protective order can be issued after a court hearing in which you and the abuser both have a chance to tell your sides of the story and present evidence to the judge. Family violence protective orders last up to one year, but can be extended for up to three years (a “permanent” order)
An ex parte family violence protective order can:
A final family violence protective order can: