Recently updated on April 9th, 2024 at 12:44 am

Prepare your Court Forms Online for Protection Orders in New York

This website helps victims learn about the types and then create official court forms required for getting a restraining order in New York.

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HOW IT WORKS

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1. Take Screening

Start with an online screening tool to help you decide which civil protection order fits your situation the best.

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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.

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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. 

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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

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Order of Protection

These are court orders issued to prevent someone from engaging in harmful behaviors such as harassment, assault, or contacting the protected individual. Orders of Protection can be issued in cases of domestic violence, family offenses, or harassment. (New York Consolidated Laws, Family Court Act - FCT § 842, § 846-a)

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Domestic Violence Restraining Orders

These orders specifically address cases of domestic violence, protecting victims from abuse or threats by a family or household member. They can include provisions for staying away from the victim, their home, and other designated locations. (Family Court Act - FCT § 812, § 828)

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Family Offense Petitions

hese petitions are filed in Family Court and address various family offenses, including acts of violence or harassment within familial relationships. They can result in the issuance of Orders of Protection. (Family Court Act - FCT § 812, § 821)

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Harassment Restraining Orders

These orders protect individuals from harassment, stalking, or threats from another person. They are typically issued in cases where there is no familial relationship between the parties involved. (NY Consolidated Laws, Civil Practice Law & Rules - CVP § 6340)

CONVENIENCES

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Privacy

You can explore legal options for getting a protection order while maintaining your complete privacy.  Nothing is shared with the government unless you share or submit.

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Resources

Learn about free community and pro bono resources. Connect with them and share your case data with a few clicks.

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Comprehensive

Covers all common situations such as those involving minors, or firearms, or others permitted by the Washington State law, thereby saving you time. 

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Forms Selection

Correct form, and the most updated versions are automatically selected based on your situation. 

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Automated Checks

Run automated checks to verify correctness of your responses and to avoid mistakes that may cause delays in securing a protection order.

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Simplified

All questions are presented in plain non-legal language. Difficult concepts are broken down into simpler steps. 

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Legal Information

The legal information contained here does not constitute legal advice or substitute for legal advice.

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Superior Court

This website provides services to prepare cases at Superior Courts at Counties across California 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.  

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