Tennessee Protective Orders

Code Section

36-3-601, et seq.

Activity Addressed by Order
Enjoin contact; exclude from dwelling or provide suitable alternate housing; regarding minors: temporary custody, visitations, support; counseling

Duration
Protective order effective for 1 year, or court of divorce action modifies or dissolves it

Penalty for a Violation of Order
Civil or criminal contempt: civil penalty of $50

Who May Apply for Order
Victim of abuse by present or former adult family or household member, if filed by a minor then a parent or guardian signature needed

Fees Waived
Determined at hearing

Transmission to Law Enforcement
Copy to local law enforcement agency with jurisdiction over area where petitioner resides

Civil Liability
Yes, contempt of court


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