Serve your Response to Restraining Order

Once you've completed your response  (form DV-120), you must give a copy to the person asking for the restraining order (the other side). The court calls this service or serving papers. Follow the steps below.

Do not contact the person asking for the restraining order. 


How to serve your Response by mail

  • Choose a server

    Serving means another adult, not you, mails a copy of your court papers to the other side.

    When choosing your server, find someone who is:

    • 18 years old or over, and 

    • Not part of your case (example: someone that is not protected on your restraining order)

    Your server can be someone you know or a professional process server you hire. 

  • Have your server mail the papers

    Your server mails to the other side a:

    • Copy of your Response (form DV-120), and
    • Any other papers you filed, like form DV-125, and FL-150, if it applies to your case.

    If the other side has a lawyer, mail the papers to their lawyer. Tell your server to note the date they mailed the papers. Your server needs this date to fill out the Proof of Service (form DV-250).

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    Use regular first class mail. Don't use certified mail. This requires getting the other person's signature which is sometimes hard to do.

  • Have your server complete form DV-250

    Have your server complete form DV-250. It helps if you fill in the top part of the form with the case and court information. Your server can then fill in the information about how, when, and where they mailed the papers. Your server must sign and date the form.

  • Copy and file form DV-250

    • Make a copy of form DV-250.
    • File the original and copy at the courthouse where you filed your Response form. The court will stamp and give you your copy back.
    • Have a copy with you for your court hearing (court date).

Respond to a request for a restraining order

What's next?

Once you’ve served your Response, get ready for your court date.


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