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A civil protection, also known as a restraining order, is requested by an individual seeking to prevent contact (the protected party) from another party (the restrained party).  They may be sought by an individual in a domestic relationship, i.e. boyfriend/girlfriend, husband/wife or a non-domestic relationship, i.e. neighbors, work colleagues, parents/children. There are various consequences to the retrained party when a Temporary or Permanent Protection Order is entered.  See

This article focuses specifically on Civil Protection Orders and their role in a domestic relations case (i.e. divorce or allocation of parental responsibilities).  It’s important to understand the consequences of a civil protection being entered between a couple divorcing reach not only to the couple but also their children.