(1) Any family member or any member of an unmarried couple may file for and receive
protection under this chapter from domestic violence and abuse, notwithstanding the
existence of or intent to file an action under this chapter by either party.
(2) (a) Any family member or member of an unmarried couple who files a petition for
an order of protection based upon domestic violence or abuse shall make known to the
court any custody or divorce actions involving both the petitioner and the respondent
that are pending in any court.
(b) If the petitioner or respondent to an order of protection initiates an action
under this chapter, the party initiating the action shall make known to the court
the existence and status of any orders of protection, which shall remain effective
and enforceable until superseded by order of the court in which the case is filed.
(3) If a family member or member of an unmarried couple files an action for dissolution
of marriage, child custody, or visitation, the court hearing the case shall have jurisdiction
to issue an order of protection upon the filing of a verified motion either at the
commencement or during the pendency of the action.
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