Protective orders are typically used in domestic disputes to ban one party from contact with another or from interfering with an order of the court with respect to child visitation or custody rights.
They are also frequently used in cases of spousal abuse to keep the violent party from coming into contact with the victim. Protective orders are usually temporary measures that the court uses in order to remedy suspected destructive activity while the parties gather and present evidence showing that a more permanent remedy is required.
Protective orders have a wide range of temporary duration. Typically, they last for one year with extensions possible under certain particular circumstances. Six states allow the imposition of protective orders for up to three years, and three other states limit them to just 90 days.