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What happens when I file my Petition?

After you file the Petition, the court may enter a Temporary Protective Order and will schedule a hearing. The court will also tell law enforcement to serve (deliver papers to) the defendant with copies of the:

  • Petition you filed.
  • Temporary Protective Order and information about the court hearing.
  • The hearing should happen within 5 to 15 days from when you filed the Petition, if law enforcement can find the defendant.

CAUTION: The Temporary Protective Order does not go into effect until the defendant has received this paperwork from law enforcement.

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