Review and Obey ALL Court Orders
If you have received a "Temporary Restraining Order (TRO)," review the forms and obey all court Orders.
For the person being accused of violence, the beginning of their DVPA (Domestic Violence Prevention Act) case is when they are given copies of at least 2 forms:
1. Temporary Restraining Order and Notice of Hearing (CLETS) (Form DV-110)
This was prepared by the person seeking protection (or that person's attorney) and signed by a judge.
- This may have "Temporary Orders" included that are already in effect until the date listed on the Order for the next court hearing.
2. Request for Order (Form DV-100)
This was prepared by the person seeking protection (or that person's attorney) and shows what the protected person said about what happened, and about any threats or physical or emotional abuse.
- There may be other papers that the person seeking protection filed with the court.
For example: an Income and Expense Declaration (Form FL-150) if child support is at issue.
Carefully look over all of the forms you have received.
If the judge has made any Temporary Orders based on what the person seeking protection has said, these Orders will be included in the Temporary Restraining Order and Notice of Hearing (CLETS) Form DV-110 in a part that states: "All checked boxes are court orders."
- If any of the boxes following those words have been checked or the sections are filled in, these are Court Orders that affect you now.
- You MUST OBEY all of these Orders, and do everything exactly as the Order says.
If any of the requested Orders presents a particular problem for you, make sure you file a response within the required time period. For example, the requested Orders might prevent you from:
- operating a home business (if you are ordered to move out of the home you share with the person seeking protection);
- going to work (if you and the person seeking protection work at the same place); or
- attending church (if you and the person seeking protection go to the same church).
When you go to the court hearing, you are allowed to ask for changes in the Orders.
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