Protective Order Forms

What is a protective order?

A person who believes her/his safety is in danger due to domestic violence or harassment can ask the court for an Order of Protection or an Injunction Against Harassment.

What is the difference between a protective order and a restraining order?

They are the same thing. The courts do not refer to them as restraining orders anymore, but will understand what you are asking for when you go to file.

How and where can I get an Order of Protection or an Injunction Against Harassment?

You may file a petition for an Order of Protection or Injunction Against Harassment in any superior, municipal or justice court regardless of where you live in Arizona. When you enter the court, go to the Clerk of the Court’s counter, Self Service Center, or protection order window and tell the clerk you are requesting an Order of Protection or an Injunction Against Harassment. The clerk will give you the proper Petition forms.
Any court in the state is able to issue an Order of Protection or Injunction Against Harassment with three exceptions:
1. If two courts are located within a one mile distance, then one court can be designated as the court which issues protective orders.
2. If you have filed an action for divorce, separation, paternity or annulment with the Superior Court (involving the same person from whom you want protection), then you need to return to the Superior Court to request an Order of Protection.
3. If the defendant is less than 12 years of age only the Juvenile Division of the Superior court may issue the order or injunction.

I need to file a protective order, but do not have anyone to watch my kids. Can I bring them to court?

Yes, Arizona Rules of Protective Order Procedure Rule 6(b)(2) states, "The presence of a minor child or children does not constitute grounds to deny a plaintiff access to the court for the purposes of requesting an ex parte protective order."

AZLawHelp - Things You Should Know About Protective Orders

AZPOINT, the Arizona Protective Order Initiation and Notification Tool, has been designed to help you fill out a petition for an Order of Protection. Through an interview in AZPOINT, you can quickly and accurately fill out the forms that are needed to request an Order of Protection at an Arizona court.

The portal will also help you figure out whether you (the plaintiff) and the person from whom you are seeking protection (the defendant) have a qualifying relationship for an Order of Protection.

Your information will be saved in AZPOINT for up to 90 days. At any time during this 90-day period, you may take the next step of filing your petition at an Arizona court. Until you file your petition at a court, you will be able to return to AZPOINT to update your information if necessary.

You are encouraged to speak to a victim advocate before you file your petition. An advocate can help you make a safety plan and give you more information about how an Order of Protection works and how it will be served on the defendant.

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The information offered on this site is made available as a public service and is not intended to take the place of legal advice. If you do not understand something, have trouble filling out any of the forms, or are not sure these forms and instructions apply to your situation, see an attorney for help. Consult a state Law Library or the Legal Aid Resources page for information on free or reduced cost legal aid for more information.
Not all forms may be accepted in all Arizona courts – you should contact the clerk of the court in which you will be filing to confirm the use of a particular form, determine whether any additional forms are required and verify the filing fees. The Arizona Bar Foundation assumes no responsibility and accepts no liability for actions taken by users of these documents, including reliance on their contents.
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