Family Law (Protection of Spouses and Children) Act, 1981

Protection order.

3.—(1) If, between the making of an application for a barring order and its determination, the Court is of opinion that there are reasonable grounds for believing that the safety or welfare of the applicant spouse or of any child so requires, the Court may make an order (in this Act called a “protection order”) that the respondent spouse shall not use or threaten to use violence against, molest or put in fear the applicant spouse or the child.

(2) A protection order may be made notwithstanding that the summons in relation to the application for a barring order has not been served on the respondent spouse.

(3) A protection order shall cease to have effect on the determination by the Court of the application for a barring order.