Step 3: The ex parte hearing
The judge will review your forms and may wish to ask you questions. If the judge grants you an ex parte order for protection, take the signed order to the clerk. The clerk will assign a case number and stamp the copies with the date of filing. The clerk will keep the confidential form and copies of your signed ex parte order for protection. Make sure the clerk gives you several copies of the ex parte order for protection.
Review the order before you leave the courthouse to make sure that the information is correct, that the ex parte order for protection is file-stamped, and that it has the judge's signature. If something is wrong or missing, ask the clerk to correct the order before you leave. Be sure to keep it with you at all times. You may want to keep copies in your car, workplace, or daycare.
If the court must hold a hearing on your petition, make sure you know the correct date and time of the hearing before you leave the clerk's office. Make sure you have the court's telephone number; you may want call ahead a few days before the hearing and confirm the court date and time.