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Restraining Orders & Protective Orders in Oregon

In instances of sexual abuse, domestic violence, and other types of abuse, a victim can seek protection by filing a restraining order or protective order. Such orders may prohibit an alleged abuser from contacting or even coming within a certain distance of a victim. They may also include other stipulations, such as requiring the alleged abuser to move from a shared residence or provide emergency monetary relief. They may even award custody, subject to parenting time (visitation), to the victim.

Levine Law Center is experienced in helping clients file and litigate restraining orders and protective orders in the greater Portland area. If you have found yourself in a situation where you need to obtain or challenge a restraining order or protective order of any kind, our attorneys can help you through this difficult time.

What Do You Need To Get a Restraining Order in Oregon?

The requirements to file for a restraining order in Oregon are:

  • Age: Both you and the respondent need to be at least 18 years old. If you are not older than 18, the respondent should be at least 18 years old, and either be your current or former spouse/registered domestic partner or someone who currently has or has had a sexual relationship with you.
  • Relationship: The respondent must either be
    • your current or former spouse/registered domestic partner; or
    • someone you currently live with or have lived with in a sexually intimate relationship; or
    • someone you currently have a sexual relationship with or have in the last 2 years; or
    • related to you by blood, marriage, or adoption; or
    • the parent of your child.
  • Abuse: In the last 180 days, the respondent must have:
    • physically injured or tried to physically injure you; or
    • threatened to physically injure you; or
    • made you have sexual relations against your will using force or threats of force.
  • Ongoing danger: The safety of you or your children must be in imminent danger.

How Long Does a Restraining Order Last in Oregon?

In Oregon, a restraining order lasts for one year from the date the judge signed it, unless it has been dismissed or cancelled by the court. However, it is possible to renew it yearly, as long as the judge believes you are still in danger and as long as you file the paperwork before the order expires.

Our goal is always to protect our clients’ best interests, and we accomplish this by applying our knowledge and experience to effectively file or challenge:

  • Elderly Persons and Persons with Disabilities Abuse Prevention Act (EPPDAPA) Restraining Orders
  • Family Abuse Prevention Act (FAPA) Restraining Orders
  • Sexual Abuse Protective Orders (SAPOs)
  • Stalking Protection Orders
  • Extreme Risk Protection Orders (ERPOs)

At Levine Law Center in Portland, our clients are our highest priority. We look forward to meeting you and working together to find your best legal solution. Contact us at (503) 433-8340 today.

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    Andrew Levine

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    Andrew created the Levine Law Center to serve the needs of his community. He previously worked on behalf of insurance carriers and employers, but soon realized that regular, hard-working people were getting taken advantage of. Andrew wanted nothing to do with that, and switched sides. Ever since, Andrew has been a champion for the worker and the great people of his community. Andrew has a reputation for his aggressive and tenacious advocacy of his clients. Knowing that his clients and their ...
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    Anthony Stuart joined the Levine Law Center team in 2019 and is admitted to practice law in Oregon and Florida (presently inactive). He started his legal career in Florida and first started practicing family law alongside a complex business and family immigration law practice. After moving to Oregon in 2015, Anthony established a new law practice dedicated to working with small to medium-sized enterprises on regulatory matters, governmental affairs, mergers and acquisitions, and corporate ...
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    Joseph Katz


    Joseph Katz joined the Levine Law Center team in 2020. In 2012, he began practicing medical malpractice law in New York but moved back to Oregon in 2014 while maintaining a civil litigation and business path. He approaches each client compassionately according to their own needs while zeroing in on clear goals and objectives. Joseph spent significant time in Israel and enjoys running (he ran the New York City Marathon in 2013) and biking the great outdoors with his wife and two young children.
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    Jennifer L. Peckham


    Jennifer is a highly experienced family law attorney, having handled hundreds of cases since becoming licensed in 2009. While divorce and custody cases are common in her practice, Jennifer has also handled relocations, child support and spousal support modifications, dissolutions of domestic partnerships and restraining order cases. Using her Master’s in Education on top of her legal training, Jennifer leverages her experience as an educator to help convey her clients’ narratives. Jennifer is a ...

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