Finding Legal Help
You are not required to hire an attorney, but legal matters can be complicated. Consider talking to an attorney to go over your options. See the Finding Legal Help page for information about free and low cost ways to get legal help.
Como encontrar ayuda legal
Usted no está obligado a contratar un abogado, pero los asuntos legales pueden ser complicados. Considere la posibilidad de hablar con un abogado para hablar de sus opciones. Para información sobre cómo obtener ayuda legal vea nuestra página Como encontrar ayuda legal.
Obtain Court Ordered Protection
Obtain Court-Ordered Protection
There are different kinds of court-ordered protection. The kind of protection you ask for will depend on your relationship to your abuser. If you are or have been a cohabitant with your abuser or if you have children or an unborn child with your abuser, you may ask the court for a Protective Order. If you are not eligible to ask for a Protective Order, you may be able to petition the court for a Civil Stalking Injunction. If you are an interested person who seeks protection not for yourself, but solely for a minor child or children, you may petition the Juvenile Court for a Child Protective Order.
Ways to Request Court-Ordered Protection
At Shelters or District Courthouse
Domestic Violence Shelters and District Courts have forms you can complete to request court-ordered protection. When your documents are completed, you will need to file them at the District Court. If you live in Salt Lake County, go to the Legal Aid Office in the Matheson Courthouse at 450 South State St., Salt Lake City, Utah.
The Online Court Assistance Program will walk you through the court process and will generate the documents required to request a Protective Order or Civil Stalking Injunction. The program will determine which type of court-ordered protection you are eligible for based on your answers to questions about you and your abuser's relationship. When your documents are completed, you will need to file them at the District Court. Click here to create the documents required to ask the court for a Protective Order or Civil Stalking Injunction.
If you seek protection not for yourself, but solely for a minor child or children, you may access the necessary paperwork here.
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