The court is informing the parties of settlement options. Within some outer constraints, parties can agree to settle their case however they wish to do so with almost whatever terms they want. The Court is trying to make it more palatable for both sides to settle by providing the petitioner his or her protection order and avoiding for respondent the stigma of a finding that he or she actually committed the alleged form of violence. if a finding of abuse is nade, it nay be used in a civil lawsuit to prevent the other side from relitigatimg whether the violence occurred. www.taublawyers.com
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The parties can agree to mutual restraining orders. We'd need to know much more about the case facts to state whether its a good idea or not. You should hire legal counsel and share your facts confidentially. We offer free consultations and are local.
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This option is one that deserves careful consideration and reflection. It is an option that may make a lot of sense given the specifics of your situation.