Legal Information: Delaware

Restraining Orders

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Updated: 
October 26, 2018

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

Yes. If you have a valid Delaware order of protection from abuse 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 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 order of protection from abuse is good under federal law? to find out if your order qualifies.

Each state must enforce out-of-state protection orders in the same way it enforces its own orders, which means that if the abuser violates your out-of-state protection order, 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."