Automatic Restraining Orders (ATROs) - Exceptions

By Schonauer Law on Aug 17, 2016 at 08:10 AM in What Does it Mean

Automatic Restraining Orders (ATROs) - Exceptions

When a person files for dissolution (divorce), under Family Code section 2040 California imposes standard (Automatic) Temporary Restraining Orders (“ATROs”). Primarily the ATROs prohibit either party from removing a minor child of the parties from the state.

The ATROs also serve as a property restraint.  The ATROs prevent a party from creating or modify an instrument, other than a will, that makes a transfer of property on death.

If a party violates the restraining orders, he or she can face a contempt action with the aggrieved party entitled to potential restitution and attorney’s fees. Under Family Code Section 233, the ATROs remain in effect the final judgment of dissolution is entered.

The ATROs prevent no person from revoke an instrument that makes a transfer of property on death, including a revocable trust if the party provides notice of the change is filed with the court and served on the other party before the change takes effect.