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Legal Information: Tennessee

Restraining Orders

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Updated: 
October 6, 2020

Can I get my out-of-state protection order enforced in Tennessee? What are the requirements?

Yes.  Your out of state protection order can be enforced in Tennessee as long as each of the following are true:1

  •  It was issued to prevent violent or threatening acts, harassing behavior, sexual violence, or it was issued to prevent another person from coming near you or contacting you.2
  • The court that issued the order had jurisdiction over the people and case. (In other words, the court had the authority to hear the case.)
  • The abuser received notice of the order and had an opportunity to go to court to tell his/her side of the story.
    • In the case of ex parte temporary and emergency orders, the abuser must receive notice and have an opportunity to go to court to tell his/her side of the story at a hearing that is scheduled before the temporary order expires.3

Note: Tennessee will not enforce a protection order if the court gave both you and your abuser a protection order based on your petition.  However, if the abuser filed a separate petition (cross-petitioned) for a protection order against you, and the court made a finding of domestic violence against you, then both your order and the abuser’s order can be enforced in Tennessee.3

Note: For information on enforcing a military protective order (MPO) off the military installation, or enforcing a civil protection order (CPO) on a military installation, please see our Military Protective Orders page.

1 TN ST § 36-3-622(b)(1), (i)

2 18 U.S.C. § 2266(5)
3 18 U.S.C. § 2265(a), (b)
3 TN ST § 36-3-622(d)