Once the petition or complaint is filed, a temporary order is usually issued to keep the complaining party safe until a hearing can be held. A hearing is then held, allowing both parties to be heard concerning what happened and whether a protective order should be issued. The court will weigh the facts as presented at the hearing, and decide if the protective order is necessary. If the court believes a protective order is warranted, it will issue a final protective order for a specific duration of up to two years.
An outstanding job on my case to have custody, visitation and support decided in my home state instead of Virginia after I separated from military service.- A.E.