How do I get an OFP?
Ask a court administration clerk for OFP forms. Detailed instructions are available and court staff can assist you in the preparation of the forms. There is no fee to file the petition. After the papers are complete, court staff will review the papers with you to ensure they are completed properly. Your signature will be notarized and the paperwork will be taken to a judge for review. The judge determines if an OFP or an Order for Hearing should be signed.

In most cases the court will set a hearing date for no more than 14 days after you apply for an OFP; 7 days if any kind of relief or protection is granted immediately.

To make the process of obtaining an OFP more effective, bring with you the following information:
  • A picture of the respondent for the Sheriff's Office
  • The home and work address of the respondent
  • Written notes describing the alleged abuse and when it happened
  • Any police reports, photos, or medical reports related to the abuse

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1. What is an order for protection?
2. Who can get an order for protection?
3. Do I need a court order to stop the abuse?
4. Where do I file for an OFP?
5. How do I get an OFP?
6. How does the respondent find out about this hearing and the order?
7. What happens at the hearing?
8. What happens after the hearing? How long am I protected?
9. What happens if the respondent violates the order?
10. How do I change, extend or dismiss an order for protection?