Temporary Restraining Order Law and Legal Definition

A temporary restraining order is a temporary order of a court to preserve current conditions as they are until a hearing is held at which both parties are present. A restraining order may be issued in a divorce matter to prevent taking a child out of the county or to prohibit one of the parties from selling marital property.

Also, a person who is a victim of harassment may seek a restraining order from the court. The person or guardian of a minor who is the victim of harassment may seek a restraining order on behalf of the minor. The restraining order prohibits harassment. A restraining order may be issued against an individual who has engaged in harassment, or against organizations which have sponsored or promoted harassment. The distance required to be maintained is governed by the language of each specific order, which may include places of work, school, etc. Temporary restraining orders typically expire on the hearing date, but local law should be consulted for specific requirements.