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You Will Need
- Restraining order forms
- A court clerk
- A notary public
Complete the necessary paperwork. Forms are typically available at your local courthouse, through domestic violence programs, or from court web sites.
Submit completed forms
Return completed forms to the court clerk. A judge may issue an ex parte, meaning emergency, restraining order and then schedule a hearing within 14 days to follow up on the order.
Have law officers notify the defendant of the ex parte order, if there is one, and of the upcoming hearing.
Attend the scheduled hearing and present your case. The judge will listen to both you and the defendant and decide whether to grant or extend the restraining order.