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Do I have to go to court?

  • When you file your petition, the court will set a hearing date that should happen within 5 to 15 days.
  • If you, your minor child or the minor child legally in your care, do not go to the next hearing, the court could cancel your protective order, or give defendant what the defendant asks for. If you need help going to court, see “What if I do not understand how to do this?”

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