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December 22, 2023

What do I have to prove for the judge to grant me a civil no-contact order?

If the judge finds the following is true, s/he can issue a civil no-contact order:

  • The abuser was convicted of committing a sex offense against you;
  • You did not seek a permanent no-contact order in criminal court under NCGS § 15A-1340.50;
  • There are reasonable grounds for you to fear that the abuser will contact you in the future; and
  • The abuser received notice of the case, and either
    • answered the complaint and notice of the hearing was given, or
    • failed to respond to the complaint and is in default.1

1 NCGS § 50D-5(a)