When you arrive at Family Court, a clerk will help you fill out the necessary forms. You may also request a TRO on behalf of your children.
Please be prepared to provide as much detail as possible. Examples of important details include:
Your petition may be denied if not enough details are provided.
There is no charge to file the initial petition for a TRO.
A judge will review your TRO. If the TRO is granted, an Order to Show Cause (OSC) hearing will be scheduled within 15 days. The purpose of the court hearing is to determine if protection should be extended beyond 180 days.
Your TRO will not be enforceable until it is served on the respondent.
Keep a copy of your TRO with you at all times.