How do I change or extend an order for protection?
If you wish to modify (change) the order, you must go back to court and file a “petition to modify an order for protection.” You will have to explain to the judge what the substantial change in circumstances has been that makes this modification necessary and you will check off which additional protections you need. Some modifications will not require a hearing while others will.
If you wish to extend your final order beyond the expiration date, the judge may require evidence of a continuing need for the order. Ask the clerk what forms you need to file to do this - it is possible you may have to file a new petition and start the process over.
If you want to extend your order, it is best to start the petition process before your first order expires, so that you are not left unprotected.