Concealed underneath the carefully crafted images of several seemingly happy marriages in Clinton Township are recurring cases of domestic abuse. If this describes your situation, then one of the primary reasons that you are still with your abuser is the fear that were you to leave, he or she would find you and the abuse would escalate. What you need to realize is that you are not alone in your desire to escape your abuser; the state offers several resources to help get you out of such a bad situation. Chief among these is a personal protection order.
Yet how do you get one? You can download the petition online or go to your local circuit courthouse. According to the Michigan Department of Community Health, the following important information (other than your name, address and other personal information) needs to be included in your partition:
- Exact details of the abuse that has prompted you to seek a PPO
- Any court cases (either open or closed) that have occurred between you and your abuser
- Whether there is currently an ongoing criminal or child custody case involving you and your spouse
If you believe you are in immediate danger, it is important to select the "ex parte" option on the petition. This ensures that your petition will be reviewed by a judge within 24 hours. No formal hearing is needed to grant an ex parte order. If your request is granted, the ex parte PPO will be served on your spouse to bar him or her from contacting you or coming near you (under the threat of criminal penalty) until a hearing can take place. The protection granted by an ex parte order can last up to six months.