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Legal Information: Pennsylvania

Restraining Orders

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Updated: 
February 5, 2020

In which county can I file for a protection from abuse order?

You can file a petition in the county where you live (permanently or temporarily) or work, in any county where the abuser can be served (i.e., where s/he lives or works), or in the county where the abuse took place. However, if you are going to be asking the judge to remove the abuser from the home you share, you MUST file the petition in the county where your home is located.1

1 Pa.R.C.P. 1901.1(a)-(b)