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December 3, 2020

How do I extend my order for protection?

To extend/ renew your order, you must file a “petition for renewal” at any time within three months before the order expires. Your petition should state the reasons that you want to renew the protection order. If the abuser violated the order in any way, you could mention this in your petition as well. The judge is supposed to renew your order unless the abuser can prove to the judge that s/he will not commit acts of domestic violence against you, your children, or your family or household members once the order expires.

The court will schedule a hearing for no more than 14 days from the date it receives your petition (or 24 days if the abuser is going to be notified by mail or publication). The abuser must be notified at least five days before the hearing. A judge may extend your order by granting a renewal for a fixed time period or may enter a permanent order.1

1 R.C.W. § 26.50.060(3)