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Legal Information: Montana

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Updated: 
May 1, 2019

Can I get my order of protection from Montana enforced in another state?

Yes. If you have a valid Montana order of protection 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 orders of protections granted in the United States receive “full faith and credit” in all state and tribal courts within the US, including US territories. Each state must enforce out-of-state orders of protection in the same way it enforces its own orders, which means that if someone violates an out-of-state order of protection, 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.”