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What is the difference between a Temporary PFA and a Permanent PFA in PA?

Town Law Article Dec. 29, 2022

A PFA, or Protection From Abuse, is a court order that is intended to protect individuals from physical or emotional abuse by a family member, household member, or intimate partner. There are two types of PFAs: temporary and permanent.

A temporary PFA is issued on a temporary basis, usually for a period of 10 days, to provide protection while a more permanent solution is being sought. This type of PFA can be granted without the alleged abuser being present in court, and it is often issued in emergency situations where there is a risk of immediate harm to the victim.

A permanent PFA is issued after a hearing has been held and the abuser has had the opportunity to present their side of the story. This type of PFA can last for a longer period of time, such as several years, and it can include specific provisions, such as orders for the abuser to stay away from the victim, to turn over firearms, and to pay financial support.

It is important to note that both types of PFAs are legal orders that must be followed by the abuser. If the abuser violates a PFA, they can be arrested and face criminal charges.

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