Temporary Protective Order

Keeping Your Family Safe

A Temporary Protective Order (TPO) is what most people refer to as a restraining order. A TPO is a formal court order that may be granted to a person to protect them, and their children, from the real or perceived threat of physical violence, harassment or other harm. The protections afforded by a TPO go into effect immediately upon papers being served to the other party.


A TPO is usually in effect for two to three weeks while a court hearing is scheduled. The purpose of the hearing is to learn about the situation and determine if the order should be dropped or extended for up to a year. The petitioner and respondent are both required to attend the hearing and each may present their case for extending or dropping the order. If the court decides to extend the protective order, it could be for several months or given a permanent status in extreme situations.


Obtaining a restraining order in Georgia is a two step process. First, you must visit with an advocate to complete an initial screening which documents your reasons and evidence for requesting a TPO. Upon completing this screening, you are required to swear an oath that the information provided is real and accurate. Your request is then sent to a Superior Court judge for consideration. Second, you are required to appear before a judge in court, summarize your situation, and answer any questions the judge may have. If the TPO is granted, it can include directives on temporary child custody, child support, spousal support, and possession of marital property.

For help with temporary protective orders (TPOs) or divorce restraining orders contact our offices at 470-252-5001 or info@lydiajsartain.com.


Lydia J Sartain Attorney at Law

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