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Restraining Orders

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May 24, 2016

Step 4: Service of process

Your ex parte order for protection is not valid until the abuser has been served, meaning that he was given the legal papers that tell him about the hearing date (if the court gave you one), your order for protection, and the non-confidential petition.

The court will send copies of the order and notice of the hearing (if there is one) to the police or sheriff. A law enforcement agency will serve the abuser. Do not try to serve the papers on the abuser yourself. The clerk may ask you to provide the following information about the abuser to help with service of the petition and registry of the order into the Protection Order Registry: 1) an accurate address for him/her; 2) his/her date of birth; 3) his/her Social Security number.* If you have this information, bring it with you to court when you file.

Remember that the abuser will see the address you list on the petition but not the address you give on the confidential form that you file in court.

* See "Instructions for petition for order for protection," (page 7), available at the IN Courts website