If the judge dismissed the TEMPORARY restraining order, you do have a right to appeal
Below please find a link to LSNJ Law. The link provides very useful information as to how to appeal the judge's decision.
If your appeal is NOT successful, you may do the following things so that you can go to court and get another Temporary Order. This is NOT an exhaustive list.
1. Make a police report
FOR EACH TIME that you believe that your husband is harassing or threatening you;
2. If you must call the police, DO SO IMMEDIATELY and follow through on prosecution.
3. Keep a log and/or calendar of each harassing phone call, text, etc. that is made by your husband.
4. Get an answering machine and make sure that you retain any message that is left for you that you believe is harassing or threatening.
5. Seek the assistance of the Domestic Violence Unit in the Court in your county. The unit can help you fill out any paperwork necessary to obtain another Temporary Order.
6. Have a safety plan for you and your family.
If you do these things, hopefully, you will be better equipped to obtain another Temporary Order, and a Final Order.
Seeking the advice of the Domestic Violence Unit in the Family Division of the Court in your county will REALLY help you. They deal with these types of situations every day. They are empathetic to the need of people in your situation, and will do everything in their power to help you.
If, finally, a Final Restraining Order is entered against your husband, it is good indefinitely. At the final hearing, as, you know, the judge will hear testimony from both parties. At this time, it will be decided whether an act of domestic violence occurred and what types of relief
should be granted to the victim. At the next hearing, you will definitely be MORE prepared!
Available reliefs that can be given to you include: protection from future violence, prohibitions against contact and harassment, custody of any minor children and safe conditions of parenting time, support, rent or mortgage payments, temporary possession of personal property, professional counseling and/or prohibition against weapon possession.
I hope you find this information useful.
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