I can get a temporary protective order or TPO in Georgia if they do not live in Georgia?

A temporary protective order can be issued against someone who does not live in Georgia. O.C.G.A. § 19-13-2 gives courts in Georgia some control over a nonresident charged with committing an act of family violence. Georgia will not only have jurisdiction over the non-resident if he or she, either in person or through an agent, commits ans injury in Georgia caused by an act or omission outside of Georgia and the non-resident makes one of the things following:

• regularly does business in Georgia, or
• Participate in any other conduct in the state of Georgia, or
• They derive substantial revenue from goods used or consumed for services rendered in Georgia.

However, if the act of family violence is the placement of harassing or intimidating phone calls or text messages to a person in Georgia, this is not sufficient to give Georgia jurisdiction. The act of domestic violence is considered to have occurred in the State where the telephone call was made or from which the text message was sent. If phone calls or text messages from someone outside the state are the only acts of violence in the family, Georgia can not have jurisdiction over the defendant.

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1301 Shiloh Road, Suite 1620
Kennesaw, Georgia 30144

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