A Final Restraining Order may enter after a hearing in court. At this hearing, both parties (the person seeking the restraining order and the person whom the restraining order is being sought against) have the opportunity to be present and testify or present evidence to support their position.
This order may last up to three (3) years if the judge believes that it is appropriate and necessary. However, this can later be extended by the judge if you go back to court and file a renewal petition before the order expires. The judge can then extend the order for as long as they believe is necessary for your safety and protection. This can happen more than once if the judge believes it is appropriate.
If you or someone you know is in a domestic violence situation, please get help.