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March 9, 2021

What types of elder abuse protection orders are there? How long do they last?

There are two types of elder abuse protection orders: ex parte orders and final orders.

Ex parte orders are temporary orders that do not require the abuser to be notified beforehand. They last until the court hearing on a final order.1 To get a temporary ex parte order, you must show that you are in danger of likely, future harm.2

A judge issues a final order after notice to the abuser and a court hearing. A final order is permanent unless the judge directs otherwise.3

1Ala. Code § 38-9F-7(b)
2Ala. Code § 38-9F-8(b)
3Ala. Code § 38-9F-8(e)