There is a temporary order which is good for about twenty-one days until we have a full hearing.
There is a permanent order which can extend for three, four, five years, and under certain circumstances can be even extended further. Most permanent restraining orders are what we call a CLETS order. That means the orders are put into a national system where all police agencies in the United States will know that there is a restraining order in place.
There can also be an agreement to be a non-CLETS order. Some judges will allow it; others will not as it has minimal protection power. It is basically saying that we have a restraining order but will not put it in the system. There is also some times where parties agree to a mutual stay-away order. Mutual stay away orders are based incontract and provide minimal enforcement power/abilities. The police will not enforce the agreements although the courts might see the violation of a mutual stay-away order as some evidence for a CLETS order.
For additional information please review the information available on the civil restraining orders and domestic violence restraining orders sections of our site at or contact the Divorce Attorneys at Fischer & Van Thiel LLP at (760) 722-7646.