Thank you for entrusting me with your question. There are two types of protective orders: (1) temporary (TPO) and (2) long-term (PO). The long-term orders will not be issued until after a court hearing when both parties appear--you have said that is scheduled for three weeks from now. the temporary order
, if granted, will cover the time period from the date of the filing to the date of the court hearing. If the PO has not even been heard yet and if the TPO was denied, it is safe to assume that there is no protection order of any kind in place. Incidentally, if the TPO gets denied, the court is basically saying that even if the petitioner's claims are all 100% true as presented, there is still not a sufficient factual basis to issue a long-term order... it is not over yet, but that bodes very well for your case.
As for filing a contempt complaint, any willful, knowing violation of a court order is punishable as contempt of court. It is not mandatory that a lawyer get involved to file for contempt, but they are procedurally more difficult than other family law
matters and I would strongly recommend using an attorney at least for the purpose of drafting the complaint if you plan to move forward.
I understand that you may have follow-up questions. Let me know if further clarification is needed. Thank you.