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Legal Information: Missouri

Restraining Orders

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Updated: 
November 14, 2019

Do I need to tell the court in Missouri if I move?

You might want to, if you won’t be getting mail at your old address.  The court that gave you your order of protection may need to have an up-to-date address for you in case, let’s say, the abuser asks the court to dismiss or modify the order.  Also, if your order will automatically renew, and the abuser wants to object, then the court would need your address to send you the notice of the hearing date.  If you provide your new address to the court, you may want to make sure they will keep it confidential if the abuser doesn’t know where you are living.  It should be kept in a confidential part of your file, and the public will not have access to it.  However, your new address could possibly be released to court officials in your new state or law enforcement officials in either Missouri or your new state.  If you feel unsafe giving your new address, you may want to use the address of a friend you trust or a P.O. box instead.