Know the Laws: Pennsylvania
UPDATED October 26, 2016
If you are moving out of state or are going to be out of the state for any reason, your protection from abuse order can still be enforceable.
Yes. If you have a valid Pennsylvania protection from abuse order (PFA) that meets federal standards, it can be enforced in another state. The Violence Against Women Act, which is a federal law, states that all valid PFA orders granted in the United States receive "full faith and credit" in all state and tribal courts within the US, including US territories.* See How do I know if my PFA is good under federal law? to find out if your PFA qualifies.
Each state must enforce out-of-state PFA orders in the same way it enforces its own orders, so if the abuser violates your out-of-state PFA, s/he will be punished according to the laws of whatever state you are in when the order is violated. This is what is meant by "full faith and credit."**
* 18 U.S.C. § 2265(a)
** 23 Pa.C.S.A. § 6104(a)
A protection from abuse order (PFA) is good anywhere in the United States as long as:
Yes. An ex parte temporary order can be enforced in other states as long as it meets the requirements listed in How do I know if my PFA is good under federal law?*
Note: The state where you are going generally cannot extend your ex parte temporary order or issue you a permanent order when the temporary one expires. If you need to extend your temporary order, you will have to contact the state that issued the order and arrange to be at the hearing in person or by telephone (if that is an option offered by the court). However, you may be able to reapply for one in the new state that you are moving to if you meet the requirements for getting a protective order in that state – but, if you apply for one in a new state, the abuser would know what state you are living in, which may put you in danger.
* 18 U.S.C. § 2265(b)(2)