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Restraining Orders

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June 21, 2021

What protections can I get in a protection from abuse order?

A protection from abuse order can:

  • order the abuser not to abuse, molest (bother) or interfere with the privacy or rights of you or your children;
  • order the abuser to be excluded from (leave) your shared home and give you possession of the home1 (unless you are not married to the abuser and s/he owns the home, then this will not be ordered)2;
  • order the abuser to not cancel utility service to the home for 60 days;
  • require the abuser to provide alternate housing for you and your children;
  • order the police to remove the abuser from the home and help you return to the home;
  • decide the possession of shared personal property including a car and household goods, and order law enforcement to help get that property, if necessary;
  • establish temporary custody and visitation rights of your children;
  • order child support and, if you are married, spousal support - both of these can last up to 1 year (or 2 years if you file to extend it);
  • require the abuser to seek batterers’ counseling;
  • order either you or the abuser to pay the other’s attorney’s fees; and/or
  • order the abuser to do anything else the judge decides is necessary to protect you and your children.1 (Be sure to ask for anything else you think is important.)

1 Kan. Stat. § 60-3107(a)
2 Kan. Stat. § 60-3107(d)

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