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Even though the couple divorced in 2007, and Scott Dekraai remarried, the battle over their son persisted. In May of 2011, Michelle Dekraai claimed in court papers that Scott was mentally unstable and had threatened to kill himself or someone else at least once. Often any person with such fears will seek a restraining order from the courts and judging from the results, Michelle had every reason to believe that she was in danger for her life. Yet, despite such allegations, there is no sign that Michelle had filed a restraining order.
If you are a victim of domestic violence you can seek a domestic violence restraining order or a criminal protective order. Unlike criminal protective orders, which are only issued in cases where criminal charges are pressed, a domestic violence restraining order is issued by the family law courts, and requires no pending criminal charges. These domestic violence restraining orders are issued on an ex parte basis, and set for a hearing in a short period of time. At the hearing, courts can issue longer restraining orders, anywhere from 1 to 5 years.
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