Can I get a PPO right away, or do I have to wait for a hearing?

If you are in immediate danger, you may request an "ex-parte" order, which will take effect immediately without a hearing and without advanced notice to the other party. If you want an ex-parte order, you must convince the judge with specific facts contained in your motion that you are in danger of immediate and irreparable injury, harm or damage (injury that cannot be repaired by a court order after the injury happens) if the personal protection order (PPO) is not issued. "Ex-parte" PPOs do not require a court hearing, unless the defendant requests a hearing to modify or terminate the order.

"Non-emergency" PPOs will require a hearing in front of the circuit court judge before the PPO will be issued. At this hearing, the judge will listen to testimony by witnesses regarding what has happened that necessitates a PPO.

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1. Who can get a PPO?
2. Can a PPO be issued for a minor?
3. Can a PPO be issued against a minor?
4. Where can I get a PPO?
5. Where can I get help to fill out the PPO forms?
6. Can I get a PPO right away, or do I have to wait for a hearing?
7. What facts do I have to include in the papers?
8. What information and documents should I bring when I file for the PPO?
9. Will the person who is being restrained see everything I file, including where I am living?
10. Do "domestic relationship PPOs" and "non-domestic relationship PPOs" require the same facts or information?
11. The Respondent is a law enforcement officer, or is licensed to carry a gun. Is he treated differently?
12. How much does a PPO cost?
13. What happens at the Courthouse when I file for the PPO?