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Legal Information: District of Columbia

Restraining Orders

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Updated: 
November 1, 2019

I was granted temporary custody with my civil protection order. Will another state enforce this custody order?

Yes. Custody, visitation, and child support provisions that are included in a civil protection order can be enforced across state lines. Law enforcement and courts in another state are required by federal law to enforce these provisions.1

1 18 U.S.C. § 2266(5)(B)