How does the court decide if there is harassment?

The judge when reviewing the petition and declaration must determine whether the alleged course of conduct serves any legitimate or lawful purpose. The judge considers whether: any current contact between the parties was initiated by the respondent only or was initiated by both parties; the respondent has been given clear notice that all further contact with the petitioner is unwanted; the respondent's course of conduct appears designed to alarm, annoy, or harass the petitioner; the respondent is or is not acting according to any lawful authority; the respondent's course of conduct has the purpose of unreasonably interfering with the petitioner's privacy or the purpose of creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive living environment for the petitioner; and finally whether any contact by the respondent with the petitioner or the petitioner's family has been limited by any previous court order.

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1. What are the three different alternatives available for protection?
2. Where do you go to obtain this help?
3. How do you apply for an anti-harassment protection order?
4. Are there restrictions on where you can file?
5. Is there a fee to file an anti-harassment petition?
6. How does the court decide if there is harassment?
7. What kind of protection can the order provide?
8. What if the order is violated?