A protective order can help you to stay safe from someone who is abusing you, but not every protective order is the same. The judge has the ability to specify the restrictions that the order places on the other party.
According to the People’s Law Library of Maryland, there are also different types of protective orders that may offer you different protections. A judge uses interim or temporary orders for a specific situation, such as divorce. They are generally not long-lasting and may not include all the needed protections because a judge often has to put them in place quickly.
The final protective order will provide longer and more substantial protection because the judge can spend more time putting this order in place. This type of order can last up to one year.
The final protective order may include that the person must stop all forms of abuse and threats. He or she cannot contact you in any way and must stay away from your home, job and other places you may frequent. If you live together, the order may make him or her move out and be unable to return.
Protection for children
An order may also include rules to stay away from your children, even if he or she is the other parent. The person may also have to stay away from the children’s schools or daycares.
A protective order can also put into place orders about paying child support and spousal support. It may award temporary custody for shared children and pets. The judge can give you sole use of the vehicle you co-own as well.
Orders to other party
The protective order may also state that the other party must undergo counseling. The judge can also use the order to remove the right to own firearms from the other party and require him or her to surrender any he or she owns.