What is a restraining order?

3. Think about the conditions that will protect you

When you apply for a , you must ask the court for the conditions that you want.

Conditions can be very general. For example, you might ask for the person to stay one km away from you.

Conditions can also be specific. For example, you can include:

  • the full name and address of any place you don't want the person to come near
  • details of any exceptions to the rules, for example, allowing visits with children

People usually ask for:

  • no communication, with or without exceptions, or
  • stay away, with or without exceptions

No communication, with or without exceptions

With this type of order, the person you name in the restraining order is not allowed to contact or communicate with you or with any children listed in the restraining order. Be sure to include the full names of any children.

If you have exceptions, the court might let the person contact you:

  • by email
  • through a friend or family member
  • to arrange for , which used to be called , with the children
  • in the presence of a lawyer, either yours, theirs, or both

If you don't have any exceptions, the person won't be allowed to contact you in any way for any reason.

Stay away, with or without exceptions

With this type of order, the person you name in the restraining order is not allowed to come within a certain distance of you or particular places. For example, within:

  • 100 metres of your home
  • 75 metres of your children's school
  • 50 metres of the building where you work

You can also give exceptions for these rules. For example, on days the person has parenting time with your children, you can let them pick up your children from school.

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