Step 4: The ex parte hearing
After you finish filling out your petition, bring it to the court clerk. The clerk will forward it to a judge. The judge may wish to ask you questions as s/he reviews your petition, which is known as an ex parte hearing, and will take place the same day. The judge can issue an ex parte order if s/he finds necessary to protect you from immediate and present danger of domestic abuse, stalking, or harassment.1 Either way, the judge will likely set a date for a hearing for the final protective order. You will be given papers that state the time and date of your hearing.
Note: The judge cannot require you to first file for a divorce, separation, paternity or criminal proceedings before s/he is willing to consider your petition for a protective order.2
1 22 O.S. § 60.3(A)
2 22 O.S. § 60.2(F)