The Court may extend the length of a Protective Order under certain circumstances.
After a hearing and good cause shown, you may extend the length of a Protective Order by 6 months. The standard of “good cause shown” is entirely up to the judge’s discretion. There is persuasive case law from other states that suggests what might be considered “good cause,” but Maryland law does not define “good cause” specifically.
If the respondent abuses you while the Protective Order is in effect, you can seek to extend the order for up to 2 years.
If the respondent abuses you again within 1 year of the expiration of a Protective Order and the prior Protective Order was valid for at least 6 months, the Court may award you a 2-year Protective Order.
The Court may not, however, add any relief that was not previously awarded.