If someone obtains a restraining order against me, can I obtain one against him/her?

If someone put a restraining order on you only because they thought you were going to put one on them and they are the one who is stalking and harassing you, can you put one on them before anything is decided by the judge?

This happens a lot, i.e., the real perp accuses you of the very things he/she is doing and on that basis “preemptively” requests a restraining order or protective order or stalking injunction (whatever options that particular jurisdiction allows) against you before you can seek one against him/her.

Some jurisdictions, however, do not bar you from seeking some kind of protective order against such a perp, even if he/she obtained one against you first. Utah is such a jurisdiction. Consult a knowledgeable attorney in your jurisdiction to find out what options you may have.

Utah Family Law, LC | | 801-466-9277

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