Final Protective Orders in DC

by Nelson Garcia

In a Final Protective Order in the District of Columbia, a judge can order any of the relief available in a Temporary Protective Order, and can also:

  • Establish temporary visitation with children.
  • Award emergency family maintenance.
  • Award use and possession of jointly titled car.
  • Order counseling.
  • Order the abuser to surrender all firearms.
  • Order the abuser to pay filing fees and court costs.
  • Order any other relief that the judge determines is necessary to protect a person eligible for relief from abuse

In order to grant you a Final Protective Order, the Court must find that you have met your burden by a “preponderance of the evidence.”

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