What are the steps involved with getting a civil no-contact order?
The steps to get a civil no-contact order are similar to the steps to get a domestic violence protective order. If you have any questions, call the clerk of court. You can find the contact information for your courthouse’s clerk on the NC Courthouse Locations page .
In general, you have to file a complaint for a civil no-contact order in the district court in the county where you live, in the county where the abuser/stalker lives, or in the county where the unlawful conduct took place.* Service upon the respondent will be done via "personal service" by the sheriff's department. If the sheriff cannot locate the respondent, s/he can be served by publication, which is explained in the law here (go to subsection (j)(1)).** The respondent has the option of filing a written answer with the court to respond to your allegations in the complaint within 10 days of service. If s/he does not answer and does not appear in court, the judge may grant you the order on “default.”***
* NCGS § 50C-2(a)
** NCGS §§ 50C-3(b); 1A-4(j)
*** NCGS § 50C-3(a),(c)