How long does the protective order remain in effect?

It depends.  The duration period of a protective order is usually two years.  However, the judge has the discretion to issue a protective order for as little time or as much time as he or she determines is appropriate.  The petitioner can renew the protective order near the time that the order is scheduled to expire.  Please note there is a one-month grace period to renew and if more time than this passes the petitioner will have to start the entire application process over again.  A protective order may only be renewed one time.  After the one renewal, the petitioner may reapply for a new protective order.

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