Can I have my out-of-state protection order changed, extended, or canceled in NJ?
No. Only the state that issued your protection order can change, extend, or cancel the order. You cannot have this done by a court in New Jersey.
To have your order changed, extended, or canceled, you will have to file a motion or petition in the court where the order was issued. You may be able to request that you attend the court hearing by telephone rather than in person, so that you do not need to return to the state where the abuser is living. To find out more information about how to modify a restraining order, see the “How to Get a Restraining Order” page for the state where your order was issued.
If your order does expire while you are living in New Jersey, you may be able to get a new one issued in NJ but this may be difficult to do if no new incidents of abuse have occurred in NJ. To find out more information on how to get a protective order in Pennsylvania, visit our NJ Restraining Order page.