Step 4: The hearing
It is very important that you attend the court hearing. If you absolutely cannot attend, contact the court clerk immediately and ask how you can get a continuance for a later court date. See the Preparing your Case section for ways you can show the judge that you were abused. See the MN Finding a Lawyer page for legal referrals.
If the abuser does not attend the hearing, the judge may either issue a "default judgment" and grant you a permanent order for protection, or the judge may decide to reschedule the hearing. If the hearing is rescheduled, be sure to ask the judge to extend your ex parte order so that you are protected until the next hearing date.