In 2018, our client T.W. got a three-year domestic violence restraining order (DVRO) against the father of their child, M.S. While T.W.’s DVRO was in place, T.W.’s trial attorney also got a workplace violence restraining order against M.S., and M.S. was declared a vexatious litigant for his continuous harassing and frivolous litigation against T.W. In 2021, the court denied T.W.’s request to renew her DVRO. We appealed, with the help of Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP, and the Court of Appeal agreed with us that the trial court abused its discretion in denying the renewal because all of the relevant factors supported renewing T.W.’s DVRO against M.S. The Court reversed and remanded, sending the case back to the trial court with instructions to grant the renewal and just determine whether to renew T.W.’s DVRO for five or more years, or permanently, under subdivision (a) of Family Code section 6345.
The court’s unpublished opinion can be found here.