Prepare your Court Forms Online for Restraining Orders in Florida
This website helps victims learn about the types and then create official court forms required for getting a restraining order in Florida.
HOW IT WORKS
1. Take Screening
Start with an online screening tool to help you decide which civil protection order fits your situation the best.
2. Prepare Documents
Instead of looking at the legal forms themselves, you will be guided thorough a series of detailed questionnaires. These will gather the necessary information topic by topic. The questions are in plain and non-legal language. To make this process as simple as possible, our system will then generate the official court forms with your responses printed on them.
3. Consult Advocate (Optional)
You can consult a victim advocate or pro bono (free) lawyer to get guidance on restraining orders. These resources are paid for typically by government and can help you review your case documents, and talk to you directly to discuss your case and safety planning.
4. File with the Clerk
You can formally begin the case by filing with your local court. You will be informed about which specific court you need to file at as its important to go to one that has jurisdiction over your case. You can file by either printing and visiting the clerk's office at the court or in many locations online directly from this website.
TYPES OF RESTRAINING ORDERS
Domestic Violence Injunction
Domestic Violence (Florida Statutes 741) means any assault, aggravated assault, battery, aggravated battery, sexual assault, sexual battery, stalking, aggravated stalking, kidnapping, false imprisonment or any criminal offense resulting in physical injury or death of one family or household member by another who is or was residing in the same single dwelling unit. "Family or household member" means spouses, former spouses, persons related by blood or marriage, persons who are presently residing together as if a family or who have resided together in the past as if a family, and persons who have a child in common regardless of whether they have been married or have resided together at any time.
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Stalking (Florida Statutes 784) is defined as someone who is purposefully following or harassing you repeatedly over a period of time for no legitimate purpose, causing you emotional stress. If in doing so, he/she threatens your life or threatens to harm you, with the intent to cause you to reasonable fear for your safety, then the act becomes aggravated.
Repeat Violence Injunction
Repeat Violence (Florida Statutes 784) means any assault, battery, sexual battery, or stalking by a person against any other person. Repeat Violence means two incidents of violence or stalking committed by the respondent, one of which must have been within six months of the filing of the petition, which are directed against the petitioner or the petitioner's immediate family member(s) that is a minor. All others must file their own petition.
Dating Violence Injunction
Dating violence (Florida Statutes 784) means violence between individuals who have or have had a continuing and significant relationship of a romantic or intimate nature. The existence of such a relationship shall be determined based on the consideration of all the following factors:
- A dating relationship must have existed within the past six months.
- The nature of the relationship must have been characterized by the expectation of affection or sexual involvement between the parties.
- The frequency and type of interaction between the persons involved in the relationship must have included that the persons have been involved over time and on a continuous basis during the course of the relationship.
- Parties must have never lived together, as defined under domestic violence.
Dating violence does not include violence in a casual acquaintanceship or violence between individuals who only have engaged in ordinary fraternization in a business or social context.
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Elder/Disabled Abuse Restraining Order
This is aimed at senior citizens (over 65) or other disabled persons. This protection order is aimed at protection them from someone who is mistreating them or exploiting them financially or an abusive caregiver.
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Gun Violence Restraining Order
This is aimed at restricting access to firearms from someone who poses a significant danger to self or others. This protection order must be requested by a family or household member or a law enforcement agency.
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Covers all common situations such as those involving minors, or firearms, or others permitted by the Washington State law, thereby saving you time.
Correct form, and the most updated versions are automatically selected based on your situation.
Run automated checks to verify correctness of your responses and to avoid mistakes that may cause delays in securing a protection order.
All questions are presented in plain non-legal language. Difficult concepts are broken down into simpler steps.
The legal information contained here does not constitute legal advice or substitute for legal advice.
This website provides services to prepare cases at Courts at Counties across Florida as they share the same laws. It also has county specific slight changes such as additional court forms required.
CONTACT TECHNICAL SUPPORT
This contact form is for technical support questions only. For non-technical questions please contact the victim advocates at the telephone numbers listed at the bottom of this page.