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Legal Information: Arkansas

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Updated: 
February 12, 2020

Can I get my order of protection from Arkansas enforced in another state?

Yes. Federal law states that all valid orders of protection granted in the United States receive “full faith and credit” in all state and tribal courts within the US, including US territories.1 See How do I know if my order of protection is good under federal law? to find out if your order of protection qualifies.

If you have a valid Arkansas order of protection that meets federal standards, it can be enforced in another state. Each state must enforce out-of-state orders of protection in the same way it enforces its own orders.

1 18 U.S.C. § 2265