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Superior Court of California - County of San Diego: Family & Children: Frequently Asked Questions: Domestic Violence FAQ
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Domestic Violence Frequently Asked Questions

1. Can I drop (end) my request for a restraining order?
2. Can filing fees be waived for a restraining order?



1. Can I drop (end) my request for a restraining order?

Once a person seeking protection files for a Domestic Violence Temporary Restraining Order with the court, a hearing will be scheduled. There is no way to "drop charges" before the hearing.

  • If the person seeking protection changes his or her mind about requesting a Restraining Order, he or she might consider talking to a counselor or attorney before dropping the request.
  • The case will automatically be dropped if the person seeking protection does not attend the hearing.

If the person requesting protection changes his or her mind AFTER the hearing and Orders have been made by the judge, the petitioner MUST file forms to change (modify) or drop (dismiss) the restraining order.

PLEASE NOTE: It is important to file these forms so that the other person is not charged with violating a court order.


2. Can filing fees be waived for a restraining order?

There is no charge for a person seeking protection to file Domestic Violence Restraining Order papers at the court. Back to Top


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