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How do I prepare for a final restraining order hearing

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My husband filed a temporary restraining order against me. He decided to proceed in making it final and we have a trial date set

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When a Temporary Restraining Order is entered, it can become a Final Restraining Order. In order for this to happen, there will have to be a trial, hence your having a trial date.

At the final hearing the Plaintiff, in this case, your husband, will have the burden of establishing that the alleged act necessitating the restraining order occurred and if the plaintiff, here your husband, is in need of protection. This will be decided by a judge only and not a jury.

The hearing will be conducted pursuant to New Jersey Court and evidence rules meaning that all evidence must be property admitted. You husband will also have to testify to establish the need for the restraining order. You, as the Defendant will be able to cross examine the Plaintiff. You are also allowed to present evidence and both of you may call third party witnesses.

At the end of the hearing, if the Plaintiff has carried the burden and shown that the restraining order should continue, then it will be made final. If he has not, it will not become final and will be lifted.

As the Defendant your approach would be to show the underlying act or acts did not happen and that there is not a need for the restraining order to continue. Particularly if there are witnesses that witnessed what actually happened, they would be critical for the Judge to hear.

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Customer reply replied 1 month ago
My husband and I had a incident. Alcohol was involved and I completely blacked out. I don’t remember what happened at all. He claimed I punched him in the face. Brought me to the police station and told them this but I wasn’t arrested. I then when to his house to try and talk to him and the police were called. Again I wasn’t arrested and no complaint or charges were filed. The next day when I woke up I tried calling him to see what happened and he wouldn’t answer my calls. I sent him emails and texts apologizing for what happened and begged him to speak to me. I called him over 100 times. During the time the incident was occurring I also called his boss and accused them of being together. This is an isolated incident. I am a nurse and I am worried about this going final. I understand he wants nothing to do with me and I am prepared to file for divorce. I just don’t want a final restraining order on my record.

The strong points for you on this are that he took you to the police station and nothing was done. Also the fact that the police did not make any arrest on the second occasion.

I would say that it is likely best to avoid repeated calls, but that it would not be a bad idea to reach out a single time and offer to address resolving the restraining order and begin the process of divorce. That is often the change for folks that have started down the restraining order road. The restraining order only addresses the one thing, contact, it does not address the underlying issue of a divorce.

If you do have to go to a hearing, you will want to press hard for evidence of any physical injury. The police not making an arrest on two different occasions tells me that he had no visible injuries. Without injuries or evidence of an arrest or something other than his word that it happened, he will be hard pressed to prove that the incident took place.

As well, it will be important to show the Court that since the temporary restraining order there have been no issues of it being violated and that there is no need for a restraint in the future as you plan to file for divorce to resolve everything.

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Customer reply replied 1 month ago
What about the 100+ phones calls to him the next day? I wasn’t intending to harass him I just wanted to know what happened as I can’t remember a thing. I haven’t reached out to him in any way since the tro was served.
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