Legal Information: Tennessee

Restraining Orders

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Updated: 
May 18, 2022

Do I need to tell the court in Tennessee if I move?

In general, the court that issued you your protection from abuse order may need to have an up-to-date address for you at all times, because they will communicate with you only by mail if, for example, if the abuser asks the court to dismiss or change your order in any way. If you will not be receiving mail at your old address, you may want to provide the court with a new address where you can receive mail.

If you provide your new address to the court, you can ask that they keep it confidential. However, your new address could possibly be released to court officials in your new state or law enforcement officials in either Tennessee or your new state. If you feel unsafe giving your new address, you may use the address of a friend you trust or a P.O. box instead.

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