Domestic Violence & Divorce
Authored By: Legal Services Alabama
1. How can I file to get a protection order?
- You can fill out a form Petition for Protection from Abuse.
2. Where can I get the form?
- Every Circuit Court Clerk in each Alabama county has the form.
- Every local domestic violence shelter program has the form. Find the shelter program closest to you by looking at the map at http://www.acadv.org/sheltermap.html OR by looking at the list at: http://www.acadv.org/shelterlist.html.
- You can get one online at www.alacourt.gov by clicking on "eForms" and then on "Civil".
3. How much do I have to pay to file?
- Nothing. There is NO filing fee to file for a protection order in an Alabama court or to subpoena witnesses.
4. What if I am not an Alabama resident?
- You do not have to be an Alabama resident to file for a protection order in an Alabama court.
5. What if I already have a protection order from another state?
- It is good in Alabama. If you have a copy of it, Alabama police and sheriff officers should enforce it just as if it were issued by an Alabama judge.
- You do NOT have to register your protection order with a Circuit Court Clerk to make it valid.
6. What if I want to register the protection order?
- You can file it without paying any charge or fee.
- Click here for a form affidavit you can use to register a foreign protection order in Alabama.
- A form affidavit that you can use to register a foreign protection order in Alabama is available from your local Legal Services Alabama office.
7. What if I don't have a copy of the protection order?
- You can call the court where it was issued and ask for a copy.
8. How can I get child support that has already been ordered?
- You can have the child support sent to you by calling your child support enforcement agency.
- If the order is from Alabama, you can call toll-free 1-800-284-4347.
Reviewed May 2011
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