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Prepare for Your Court Hearing

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You must go to the hearing
or the judge will not be able to make a final decision about your Domestic Violence Restraining Order.

NOTE: If the person to be restrained is also at the court, and you are worried about your safety, you can tell the court's clerk or bailiff and they will help you.


If you intend to call witnesses
(other than yourself and the person to be restrained) and have served and filed a witness list, make sure your witnesses know where to go and at what time.

Make copies of all of the documents BEFORE the hearing including:

  • Your copy of all forms filed with the court, including the:

    • Proof of Service (In Person) (Form DV-200) Opens new window
  • Photos;
  • medical, repair, or other bills;
  • police reports;
  • any other papers that are important to your case.

IMPORTANT: For any document you want the judge consider, bring the original and two copies. Give the court clerk or bailiff one copy to give to the restrained person.

  • Your proposed:

    • Restraining Order After Hearing (Form DV-130) Opens new window
       
    and (if needed):
    • Child Custody and Visitation Order (Form DV-140) Opens new window
    • Supervised Visitation Order (Form DV-150) Opens new window
    • Child Support Order (Form DV-160) Opens new window
    • Child Support Case Registry (Form FL-191) Opens new window
    • Notice of Rights and Responsibilities - Health Case Costs and Reimbursement Procedures (Form FL-192) Opens new window
    • Spousal, Partner, or Family Support Attachment (Form FL-343) Opens new window

If you are asking for child support, meet ahead of time with the court's Family Law Facilitator, if possible, to find out what you need to bring to your hearing in addition to
the following:

  • Your last three pay stubs;
  • Your most recent federal and state tax returns; and
  • Proof of childcare or uninsured health care expenses for the child, such as receipts and canceled checks.

If you and the person to be restrained are parents of any children who are under 18 and not married, the court can accept an agreement ("stipulation") of parentage and enter a judgment establishing parentage at the hearing.

If at all possible, arrange for someone to watch your child while you go to court. Children under the age of 18 may not be allowed in the courtroom. In any case, children would have to be supervised at all times.

If your child has important information about the violence or threats, ask an attorney, victim witness counselor, or the domestic violence counselor about how to have the judge hear from your child.

Arrange to arrive at the courtroom early.

To read and information sheet called "Getting Ready for the Court Hearing" (DV-520-INFO) in English, Spanish, Chinese, Korean or Vietnamese, click on the language you need:

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