Legal Information: Kansas

Restraining Orders

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Updated: 
September 26, 2017

Can I get my PFA from Kansas enforced in another state?

Yes. If you have a valid Kansas PFA 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 PFAs granted in the United States receive "full faith and credit" in all state and tribal courts within the US, including US territories. See the question below to find out if your PFA qualifies.

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