Thomas Carroll Blauvelt

2 things you should not do if served with a restraining order

Being served with a restraining order is a form of devastation most people know nothing about. It is nothing less than tragic for those who must change their daily lives, especially when they did nothing wrong.

It may be tempting to confront the party responsible for the order, but this could worsen your situation severely. Adopt a proactive approach and avoid anything that could paint you negatively if you are the target of a restraining order.

Don’t ignore the matter

A restraining order typically means you cannot contact or be within a specified distance of the petitioner. Read the order carefully and ensure you understand what you can and cannot do under its terms.

For example, you may assume the order only prohibits you from going to or near the petitioner’s home. However, it may also restrain you from entering their workplace or school.

Remember that violating a restraining order can have legal consequences, including fines or jail time, depending on the circumstances.

Don’t reach out online

You may think it is okay to try talking with the petitioner on Facebook or Instagram. Although your restraining order may not address social media, resist the urge to contact or befriend the other party online. A court may consider this evidence that the restraining order is warranted or should be made permanent.

Avoid all contact with the petitioner, including posing as someone else on social media to snoop on their activities.

You may succeed in mitigating the fallout of a New Jersey restraining order with legal guidance. Depending on your case, it may even be possible to stop or prevent another person from placing any limits on your activities.


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