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How do I ask the court for help?

To ask the court for help, prepare a “Petition” and file it with the Iowa District Court.

There are three Petitions, and you must use the correct Petition for you or the person you are helping:

  • If you need protection for yourself, use the “Petition for Relief from Domestic Abuse.”
  • If you want to protect your minor child, use the “Petition for Relief from Domestic Abuse on Behalf of a Minor.” 
  • If you want to protect your ward or a person legally in your care, use the “Petition for Relief from Domestic Abuse on Behalf of a Ward.” 

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