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A Restraining Order can be obtained in Superior Court as part of a Family Law Action such as divorce, separation, custody or paternity. A Temporary Restraining Order can be filed at the filing of the civil petition and signed by the judge effective until heard in court. Many persons obtain attorneys to represent them through this process. The prosecutor or attorney general, when involved in paternity actions, may request a restraining order on behalf of the child.
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Per the Revised Code of Washington (RCW) 26.09, 26.26A and 26.26B, this civil order can be obtained by married persons or persons with a child in common who are filing for divorce, separation, custody or paternity. To qualify a person doesn’t need to be assaulted or threatened previously.
A Restraining Order can do all that a Protection Order does, and may also order child support, order maintenance income, assign property to either party, and establish permanent custody or use of family home.
The filing fee is $110, but may be waived.
The violator may be arrested. Possible criminal or contempt charges.