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Legal Information: New Hampshire

Restraining Orders

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Laws current as of
August 10, 2023

I have an emergency protective order.  Can it be enforced in another state?

No.  Because your abuser doesn’t have the opportunity to respond to an emergency order you get when the court is closed, New Hampshire emergency protective orders are not good under federal law.  While an emergency order can be enforced anywhere inside New Hampshire, other states would not be required to enforce it.1

Emergency protective orders are only good for one business day. Once you get an emergency protective order, you can go to court the next day that it’s open to ask for a temporary protective order.  Other states are required to enforce valid temporary protective orders from New Hampshire.

 1 Chapter 15 of the New Hampshire Judiciary Domestic Violence Protocol. www.nh.gov/judiciary/district/protocols/dv/c15.pdf