Differences Between a Temporary Retraining Order and a Final Restraining Order

July 25, 2013 · by RLF Attorneys · in

There are numerous terms related to restraining orders floating around. For some, it can be quite difficult to understand the core differences between them all. For example, many wonder what the fundamental differences are between a temporary restraining order (TRO) and a final restraining order (FRO) in New Jersey.
Can I apply for an FRO without applying for a TRO? How “temporary” really is the TRO and how “final” is an FRO?

For starters, a TRO is a temporary measure put in place by a judge to keep distance from you and your abuser before you will have a more official opportunity to present your case for an FRO in front of a judge.
Furthermore, a TRO will typically last for only a short period of time. This is why it is called “temporary.” This period of time usually coincides with the amount of days you will have until your full hearing (i.e. approximately 10 days). However, an FRO in New Jersey will last forever.
Additionally, a TRO is not always as encompassing as an FRO. Quite often, a temporary restraining order will have fewer provisions in it than a final restraining order. This is generally because a judge is more receptive to hearing arguments for the inclusion of these provisions during your FRO hearing and, at this point, you will likely have hired an attorney who can effectively argue on your behalf for the inclusion of such provisions to protect your health and safety.
If you are suffering from domestic violence or are being abused, it might be a good idea to file for a restraining order. Think about it: your health, safety, and well-being are at risk. Make sure to contact an experienced attorney who can help you best protect yourself and make the most informed decision.