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- Restraining Order
- An order from a court directing one person not to do something, such as make contact with another person, enter the family home, or remove a child from the state. Restraining orders are often issued in cases in which spousal abuse, stalking, or other immediate harm is feared. A restraining order is always temporary and is also commonly referred to as a temporary restraining order or TRO.