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Updated: 
September 1, 2023

What types of elder abuse protection orders are there? How long do they last?

There are two types of elder abuse protection orders: ex parte orders and final orders.

Ex parte orders are temporary orders that do not require the abuser to be notified beforehand. They last for approximately 10 days, until the court hearing on a final order.1 To get a temporary ex parte order, you must show that you are in danger of likely, future harm.2

A judge issues a final order after notice to the abuser and a court hearing. A final order is permanent unless the judge directs otherwise.3

1 Ala. Code § 38-9F-7(b)
2 Ala. Code § 38-9F-8(b)
3 Ala. Code § 38-9F-8(e)

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