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Legal Information: Oklahoma
Updated: November 20, 2019
Step 6: The final hearing
As the petitioner requesting a protective order, you must:
- Prove that the abuser has committed an act that qualifies as one of the reasons (grounds) for the court to grant a protective order (as defined by the law);1 and
- Convince a judge that you need protection and the specific things you asked for in the petition.2
You must go to the hearing if you want to keep your order.3 If you do not go to the hearing, your emergency temporary or ex parte order will expire and you will have to start the process over. If you do not show up at the hearing, it may be harder for you to be granted an order in the future.
If the abuser does not show up for the hearing, the judge may still grant you a final protective order if s/he was served with notice of the hearing date, or the judge may order a new hearing date.3
See the Preparing Your Case section for ways you can show the judge that you were abused. You can learn more about the court system in our Preparing for Court – By Yourself section.
1 22 O.S. § 60.1
2 22 O.S. § 60.4
3 22 O.S. § 60.4(B)(4), (B)(5)
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