Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)

What types of restraining orders are available in Oregon?
In Oregon, there are three main types of restraining orders: Family Abuse Prevention Act (FAPA) orders for domestic violence victims, Elderly Persons and Persons with Disabilities Abuse Prevention Act (EPPDAPA) orders for vulnerable adults, and Sexual Abuse Protective Orders (SAPO) for survivors of non-intimate partner sexual assault.
What happens if someone violates an Oregon restraining order?
Violating an Oregon restraining order is considered contempt of court and can result in criminal charges such as misdemeanor or felony charges depending on the severity of violation; this may lead to fines or imprisonment.
Does an out-of-state or foreign protective order apply in Oregon?
Yes, under federal law called Full Faith & Credit provision all states must enforce valid out-of-state protective/restraining orders as if they were issued in Oregon. You should register your order with local authorities to ensure proper enforcement.
How does a restraining order affect child custody and parenting time?
A restraining order can impact child custody and parenting time by limiting the access of the restrained party to the children or by placing restrictions on visitation, such as supervised visits or no contact at all depending on the nature of abuse. Further, there is a statutory consideration against awarding custody to a parent who is determined to have committed abuse.
How do I obtain an Oregon restraining order?
To obtain a restraining order in Oregon, you must file a petition with the Circuit Court in the county where you live or where the abuse occurred. You'll need to complete the necessary forms, provide detailed information about the abuser and incidents of abuse, and attend a hearing before a judge who will assess your request.
How long does an Oregon restraining order last?
Temporary restraining orders typically last until your court hearing date, which is usually within 14 days. If granted by a judge after this hearing, a final restraining order can last up to one year but can be renewed if needed. In some cases involving extreme risk protection orders or stalking protective orders, they may be indefinite.
What is the difference between a stalking protective order and a restraining order?
A stalking protective order specifically targets stalking behaviors, while a restraining order typically addresses broader issues of domestic violence, such as abuse or threats. Restraining orders are usually requested by family or household members, while stalking protective orders can be sought by anyone experiencing stalking.
Can an Oregon restraining order be modified or terminated?
Yes, either party can request modifications or termination of a restraining order by filing appropriate paperwork with the court and attending another hearing before a judge who will consider whether circumstances have changed sufficiently to warrant changes.
How does an Oregon Stalking Order affect custody and visitation rights?
An Oregon Stalking Order can impact custody and visitation rights if the stalker is a parent of the child involved. The court may consider limiting their access to the child based on safety concerns, potentially leading to supervised visits or even loss of parental rights.
What happens if someone violates an Oregon Stalking Order?
If someone violates an Oregon Stalking Order, they may face criminal charges such as contempt of court and could be arrested for violating the order's terms. Penalties can include fines and jail time depending on the severity of their actions.

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