Attorney Eric D. Puryear

Extension of Domestic Abuse Protective Orders in Iowa

Puryear Law » Legal Blog » Iowa Family Law » Extension of Domestic Abuse Protective Orders in Iowa

Under Iowa law, a Final Domestic Abuse protective order is entered by the court for a term of up to one year. It is possible for such an order (often called a protective order, or a restraining order) to be extended by the Iowa District Court that granted the original order.

Puryear Law offers free in-office consultations, as well as emergency after-hours consultations by phone for people with cases in Iowa and Illinois. See our consultation options.

Iowa Code section 236.5(2) provides that a protective order may be extended beyond one year if the court after a hearing “finds that the defendant continues to pose a threat to the safety of the victim, persons residing with the victim, or members of the victim’s immediate family” at any time upon “a petition filed by either party and after notice and hearing.”

At such a hearing, the burden is on the protected party (the Petitioner/Plaintiff) to show that the person who was found to have committed an act of domestic abuse (the Defendant) continues to pose a threat. The circumstances of each case determine what the court will find constitute a continuing threat. Violations of the protective order as it is in effect are often seen as good evidence that there is a continued threat. However, it is possible to obtain extensions of a protective order even in cases where there have been no violations of the protective order. The Iowa District Court judge will weigh the various circumstances and facts to reach a decision as to whether the protective order should be extended. Generally, extensions are granted for one additional year, and it is possible for the court to issue an unlimited number of extensions upon further hearings.

The extension of a domestic abuse protective order can have significant implications for both parties to a protective order case. That is especially true when children are involved.

Request More Information

Text "Lawyer" to 21000
or email [email protected] to receive information on your legal options with Puryear Law.

A person who is seeking an extension of a protective order in Iowa, or a person who is the Defendant in a protective order case where an extension is being sought, is wise to seek an attorney at once.

Tags for this legal blog article: , , , ,

Related legal blog articles:

Legal Representation in Iowa or Illinois

See our Consultation Options to get the legal representation you need.

Request More Information

Enter your email address to receive information about legal representation from Puryear Law.


Map and Directions to Puryear Law

Puryear Law P.C.
3719 Bridge Ave
Suite 6
Davenport, IA 52807
Iowa Phone: (563)362-0901
Illinois Phone: (309)948-6699
Toll-Free Phone: (888)919-3719

Click the map shown below for turn-by-turn directions to Puryear Law's office. Map and Directions to Puryear Law