Restraining Orders

What is a restraining order?

A restraining order is a Court order against an individual that is intended to protect someone who is afraid of being hurt by a specific person or persons.  A restraining order prevents any contact or communication between two or more people. The time length of a restraining order can be from several days to several years. Typically, if an individual violates the Court order, criminal penalties can be charged against him. Restraining orders are most commonly used in situations such as domestic violence, stalking, and abuse. For more information related to restraining order cases, see this page which contains relevant Broward cases.

Temporary Restraining Order (TRO)

A Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) can be granted immediately without a hearing and without any notice to the opposing party.  A TRO usually expires within a few weeks because it is intended to last until a hearing can take place. Obtaining a TRO in Broward can be done quickly and is a simple process.

Important facts about restraining orders

  • Forms for obtaining a restraining order come with instructions and can be found at the Broward County Courthouse or sheriff’s office.
  • Once a restraining order is granted, it is important to report every violation, no matter how minor it may seem.
  • A copy of the restraining order should always be in your possession and a copy should be on file with the police in the area where you live.
  • You should protect your children by informing their school, teachers, babysitters, and neighbors about the restraining order.

Do you need an attorney?

If you fear for your safety, or for the safety of your children, our strong recommendation is to seek immediate help. One way to seek help is to speak with an experienced Broward County attorney to learn how Florida law can protect you. 

The good news is, the Broward County Bar Association has a lawyer referral and information service where they will match your legal need with an experienced attorney in the relevant area of the law. When you contact them, by calling (954-764-8310) or emailing, you will be required to pay the BCBA a $50 administrative fee before a lawyer referral can be given. For that money, you will get to consult with the attorney by phone or in person at the attorney’s office for up to 30 minutes.