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Restraining Orders

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Laws current as of September 1, 2023

Step 4: Service of process

The abuser must be served with the papers that tell him/her about the hearing date, a copy of the petition that you filed, and your ex parte PFA if the judge gave you one. The clerk of court should tell you what to do to get the papers served on the abuser. There is no fee for service.1 Do not attempt to serve the papers on the abuser yourself.

You can find more information about service of process in our Preparing for Court – By Yourself section, in the question called What is service of process and how do I accomplish it?

1 Ala. Code § 30-5-5(e)