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Frequently Asked Questions Involving Courts and COVID-19

July 13, 2021

I don’t have a restraining order, but I need one. Can I still get one?

Courts are continuing to issue restraining orders during the pandemic even if courts are not accepting other sorts of petitions. Check with your courthouse to see if the filing location or hours have changed with the COVID-19 precautions in place, or if online filing is permitted. Your local courthouse may have forms available to request a restraining order. You might also be able to find forms on your state court’s website or on WomensLaw.org’s Download Court Forms page.

You can also check WomensLaw.org’s Restraining Orders page for help determining whether you would qualify for an order. If you are in immediate danger, you may want to consider contacting the police if that is a safe option for you.