When a request for a domestic violence restraining order is filed,
California Family Code Section 6306
requires the judge to review the criminal record of the alleged abuser. If the alleged abuser has a conviction for a violent felony or a misdemeanor for domestic violence, weapons or other violence, the court can use the information in its consideration to issue a restraining order in the current family law situation. If the court uses the information, then the divorce attorney for either party may obtain a copy of the record, but the criminal record does not become part of the domestic violence record. It remains part of a confidential record, and its distribution is severely limited. If the criminal record does not include any convictions of this type, then the court must destroy the record, and it does not become part of the domestic violence proceedings.