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Pennsylvania Protective Orders

Code Section
Domestic Relations 23 §6102, et seq.

Activity Addressed by Order
Enjoin contact; exclude from dwelling, school, employment, or defendant provide suitable alternate housing; regarding minors: temporary custody, visitations, support; relinquish weapons; pay reasonable losses suffered as a result of abuse

emergency: expires at end of next business day; General: maximum 18 mos., may be extended indefinitely

Penalty for a Violation of Order
Indirect criminal contempt: jail maximum 6 months and/or fine minimum $100 and maximum $1,000

Who May Apply for Order
Adult or emancipated minor or any parent, adult household member, or guardian ad litem on behalf of minor or incompetent

Fees Waived
Yes, if petitioner prevails; if not, court decides whether petitioner able to pay

Transmission to Law Enforcement
Petitioner may register order without cost or fee in any county or a copy may be sent to the Pennsylvania State Police registry. Copy to police department with proper jurisdiction and copy to county registry of protection order

Civil Liability
Yes, civil contempt

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