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Permanent Restraining Order Removed After 14 Years in Paterson, Passaic County NJ

Published: February 2, 2018

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Remove an Old Domestic Violence Order in Passaic County, NJ

Final Restraining Order Lawyers in Paterson, NJ

Remove an Old Restraining Order Paterson NJ

Remove an Old Restraining Order in Passaic County NJ

The Domestic Violence defense lawyers at the Tormey Law Firm LLC successfully filed a motion to remove a 2004 restraining order for a client last week in the Passaic County Superior Court located in Paterson, NJ. In New Jersey, once a final restraining order (FRO) is issued it is permanent and never expires. Thus, if you want to have an FRO removed you must file a motion in the Superior Court in the county in which it was issued to attempt to remove it. You must order the transcript of the initial hearing and make an argument to the Judge that there has been a significant change in circumstances since the original FRO was granted such that the restraining order is no longer necessary and should be vacated. In this case, the FRO was granted back in 2004 when our client was in college at William Paterson and the plaintiff was her college roommate.

In Carfagno v. Carfagno, 288 N.J. Super 424 (1995), the Court delineated the eleven factors for courts to consider when evaluating whether “good cause” has been shown to vacate a restraining order which include the following: whether the victim consents, whether the victim fears the defendant, the nature of the relationship between the parties today, the number of times the defendant has been convicted of contempt for a violation of the restraining order, whether the defendant has continued involvement with drug or alcohol use, whether or not the defendant has been involved in any other violent acts with others, whether the defendant has engaged in counseling, the age and health of the defendant, whether the victim is acting in good faith when opposing the defendant’s request, whether another jurisdiction has entered a restraining order protecting the victim from the defendant, and other relevant factors deemed by the court.

Some of the other factors courts consider include where the parties reside today (in close proximity or not) and whether or not both the plaintiff and defendant have moved on with their lives (such as marriages and children with other people). In this case, the Judge found that the restraining order from 2004 involving our client and her college roommate was no longer necessary in 2018 and vacated and dismissed the final restraining order (FRO). This was a great result for our client and the Tormey Law Firm.

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