Know the Laws: Michigan
UPDATED October 23, 2012
If you are planning to move to MI or are going to be in MI for any reason, your protection or restraining order can be enforced.
Yes. Your protection order can be enforced in Michigan as long as:
Note: For information on enforcing a military protective order (MPO) off the military installation, or enforcing a civil protection order (CPO) on a military installation, please see our Military Protective Orders page.
* 18 U.S.C. § 2266(5)
** 18 U.S.C. § 2265(a) & (b)
No. Only the state that issued your protection order can change, extend, or cancel the order. You cannot have this done by a court in Michigan.
To have your order changed, extended, or canceled, you will have to file a motion or petition in the court where the order was issued. You may be able to request that you attend the court hearing by telephone rather than in person, so that you do not need to return to the state where the abuser is living. To find out more information about how to modify a restraining order, see the "How to Get a Restraining Order" page for the state where your order was issued.
If your order does expire while you are living in Michigan, you may be able to get a new one issued in Michigan but this may be difficult to do if no new incidents of abuse have occurred in Michigan. To find out more information on how to get a protective order in Michigan, visit our MI How to Get a Restraining Order page.
You will have to contact the court that issued your order to find out why your order has changed or is no longer valid. The police in Michigan cannot enforce an order that has expired or has been canceled in the issuing state.
If this does happen, you may want to contact a lawyer or domestic violence organization in your area. They may be able to answer some of your questions, or help you fill out the necessary court forms to petition for a new order in MI. You will find information on legal assistance and domestic violence organizations in MI on the MI Where to Find Help page.
Yes. As long as the child custody provision complies with certain federal laws,* Michigan can enforce a temporary custody order that is a part of a protection order.
To have someone read over your order and tell you if it meets these standards, contact a lawyer in your area. To find a lawyer in your area click here MI Finding a Lawyer.
* The federal laws are the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction Act (UCCJA) or the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act (UCCJEA), and the Parental Kidnapping Prevention Act of 1980.