Legal Information: Louisiana

Restraining Orders

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Updated: 
November 21, 2023

How do I change or extend my protective order?

If you wish to change (modify) the terms of the order, a “Request to Modify” can be filed. A judge can remove any item included in the current protectvie order, or s/he can add any term that could have been included in the order permitted under the law.1 If your order is “indefinite” with no end date, the abuser could file to modify the indefinite term and the judge would set the matter down for a hearing. There must be a “good faith effort” made to give you notice of this hearing to the victim.2

If you want to extend your protective order, you must file for the extension before your original order expires. The judge has the power to decide how long the extension will be for.3

1 LA R.S. 46:2136(D)(1)
2 LA R.S. 46:2136(F)(2)(c)
3 LA R.S. 46:2136(F)(1)

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