Forms for a Civil Protection Order (CPO)
The Ohio Supreme Court has created standard forms that are used by most, if not all, of the county courts in Ohio:
Petition for Civil Protection Order: LINK FOR FORM
The Petitioner must fill out all relevant provisions of the Petition for a Civil Protection Order. On the first page, the Petitioner must provide information for all of the parties that he or she wants to protect and also provide information about the Respondent, including his or her most current address and date of birth. There is a small section for the Petitioner to write in the details of the alleged domestic violence and if there is not enough room, a Petitioner can attach additional pages of information.
On the second page, the Petitioner must mark the boxes and indicate how they wish for the Court to restrain the Respondent if the temporary or full CPO is granted. A temporary CPO can grant the Petitioner exclusive use of a residence and temporary financial support from the Respondent. A temporary CPO can also establish a temporary visitation schedule for the Respondent and any children that he or she has in common with the Petitioner.
The Petitioner must have his or her signature notarized on the Petition and then it is ready to be filed. Usually the Ex Parte hearing will be held on the same day, but a Petitioner could run into a problem if he or she tries to file in the late afternoon. A Petitioner should always try to file a CPO in the morning so that there is plenty of time for the Court to hold the Ex Parte hearing.
Temporary Civil Protection Order: LINK FOR FORM
I have provided a link to a sample temporary or Ex Parte Civil Protection Order. If the Court grants the temporary CPO, it will typically fill out a form like this sample. It will then be signed and provided to a sheriff’s office for service on the Respondent. Once the Respondent has been served, the CPO is in full effect.
Full Civil Protection Order: LINK FOR FORM
The link above will lead to a sample “full” Civil Protection Order. You will see that it is very similar to the Ex Parte CPO that was listed above. On the first page, the Court will decide how long the CPO is in effect and it can be up to five years. There is also additional language throughout this order as it is a final order on the case.
Consent Civil Protection Order: LINK FOR FORM
The final sample that I am providing for this article is known as a “Consent Agreement.” This is an agreed CPO that both parties enter into to avoid a trial and no evidence or testimony will be provided to the Court. Because the Respondent is agreeing to the CPO, there is no finding of domestic violence. There are a couple of reasons why a Petitioner and Respondent would want to consider entering into a consent agreement and both parties will probably want to speak to an attorney about their rights.
If the parties wish to enter into a Consent Agreement, they would simply fill out the form how they wish, both sign it, and then the Court will approve it and make it an order. The parties will agree between themselves how long they wish it to remain in effect.