Is it OK to help someone violate a domestic violence restraining order?

My 12 year old son plays football with a youth organization. After my son signed up, a coach invited his dad to help volunteer coach. The league and the coach have a copy of my restraining order, but the coach is buddies with the dad. I have full custody of our son and am at every practice with him. The dad has only minimal and monitored visitation allowed with our son. Is it OK for the league and coach to knowingly help the dad violate the restraining order?

Asked on May 23, 2016 under Criminal Law, California


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

The restraining order is not against the coach and does not bind or restrict him: the order does not prevent him from making the father an assistant coach or otherwise inviting him to come around for practices or games. The only one bound by the order is the father, and if violates it--whether or not he is invited to do so--you may take legal action against him and/or call the police.

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