Legal Information: Kansas

Restraining Orders

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Updated: 
September 22, 2017

What types of protection from stalking or sexual assault orders are there? How long do they last?

In Kansas, there are two types of protection from stalking or sexual assault orders. 

Ex parte temporary order
When you file your petition in court, the judge can issue an immediate ex parte temporary protection from stalking or sexual assault order if there is "good cause" to do so.  ("Ex parte" means that the order can be issued without prior notice to the abuser and without him/her being present in court.)  This temporary order will last until your full court hearing for the final order, which is usually within 21 days.  At the hearing, both you and the abuser will have an opportunity to testify and present evidence.1

Final order
After a hearing in which you both have an opportunity to tell your side of the story through your testimony, evidence, and witnesses, a judge can grant you a final protection from stalking or sexual assault order.  A final order expires on the date set by the judge and can last for a period of up to 1 year, but can be extended under certain circumstances.2  See How can I change or extend my protection from stalking order? for more information. 

1 Kan. Stat. § 60-31a05(a),(b)
2 Kan. Stat. § 60-31a06(b),(c),(d)