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Restraining Orders

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Updated: 
June 12, 2018

Step 4: Service of process

The abuser must be served with the papers that tell him/her about the hearing date (called Notice of an Application for a Protection from Abuse order), a copy of the petition that you filed, and your emergency PFA (if the judge gave you one). If you are granted an emergency PFA, the clerk of court will tell you where to go to get the papers served on the abuser. The PFA order is not effective until it is served on the abuser. There is no fee for service.1

Note: Do not attempt to serve the papers on the abuser yourself.

1 Ala. Code § 30-5-5(e)