How to File a Restraining Order in Ohio Fast

File a Restraining Order How to File a Restraining Order in Ohio Fast

How to File for a Restraining Order in Ohio the Easy Way

Dealing with the circumstances that could require you to file for a restraining order can prove incredibly frustrating. You may find yourself suffering from increasingly frightening harassment or dealing with the aftermath of abuse–and the last thing you need is a complicated restraining order process. Fortunately, you do not have to handle the complexities of filing for a restraining order in Ohio on your own. DoNotPay can make it easier for you to submit the necessary paperwork and move forward with your Ohio Restraining Order.

Basic Ohio Restraining Order Questions: Answered

Do you have questions about what it might look like to have a restraining order in Ohio? Take a look at these common questions and answers.

When Can I File for a Restraining Order in Ohio?

Under Ohio law, you can file for a restraining order under several different circumstances. For the sake of protection orders, the person filing the protection order is the petitioner, and the other party is the respondent.

Type of OrderWho Can File
Domestic Violence Civil Protection OrderCases in which people who live together, including spouses, former spouses, parents, and children, have committed an act of violence or threats of violence
Dating Violence Civil Protection OrderCases in which violence, or a threat of violence, has been committed against someone in a romantic relationship
Stalking Protection OrderCases in which someone has stalked another party, including unwanted contact
Sexually Oriented Protection OrderCases in which the respondent committed, or attempted to commit, an act of sexual violence
Juvenile Protection OrderCases involving minors

How Long Does a Protection Order Last in Ohio?

Most Ohio protection orders last for up to five years. In many cases, you will have the right to renew an order of protection after it expires. How Does a Restraining Order Work in Ohio?

In Ohio, a restraining order prevents the respondent from contacting you in any form. That may include:

  • Physical contact
  • Virtual contact, including phone or online contact
  • Contacting you through a third party

The courts can specify a specific distance that the respondent must stay away from the petitioner and require that the respondent turn over any devices, including keys and garage door openers, that might allow the respondent access to the petitioner.

How Can I Get a Restraining Order in Ohio?

You can file for a restraining order in the Ohio county where you live. In order to file for a restraining order, you will need to:

  • Visit the courthouse to pick up needed forms
  • Fill out the forms, including any needed information about the last act of violence or harassment that you can provide and any examples you can remember of those negative behaviors
  • Have the forms notarized
  • Submit them to the local Ohio court

Getting a restraining order can be complicated. If you fail to fill out the paperwork correctly, or to provide the right evidence, you may have a hard time having the restraining order approved, which can make it more difficult for you to get away from your harasser.

However, once you have completed the paperwork and handled the necessary details, you will feel much safer overall and you will have protections in place. Filing for a restraining order is usually free in Ohio.

What Happens After I File for a Restraining Order in Ohio?

After you file for a restraining order in Ohio, the request will go to court. If you are issued a restraining order, the respondent will be notified, and your legal protections will begin.

What Happens If the Respondent Violates the Restraining Order?

If the respondent violates the restraining order, they will face legal consequences, which may include:

  1. Fees
  2. Jail time
  3. Probation

In addition, if the other party violates an Ohio restraining order, you may have the restraining order extended.

DoNotPay Can Help You File for a Restraining Order in Ohio

You may already be frustrated and worn out with the challenges you have faced with the respondent. Fortunately, DoNotPay can make it easier for you to file for a restraining order in Ohio.

  1. Search for relationship protection on DoNotPay.


  2. Answer a few easy questions on our File a Restraining Order product.


  3. Submit the form and you're done!


And that's it! DoNotPay will compile for you the forms you need to fill out and give you detailed instructions on how to file for a restraining order in your jurisdiction. Stay safe!

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