The first step in obtaining a TPO is the application process. An advocate with Shepherd's Rest Ministries Battered Women's Shelter or S.H.A.R.E. House will assist you with the required paperwork to obtain a TPO. The respondent can also come to the Sheriff's Office to fill out the pertinent information which will be sent to Shepherd's Rest or the S.H.A.R.E. House.
Petitions are heard (Monday - Friday, excluding holidays) in the Paulding County Judicial Circuit. (NOTE: All required paperwork must be completed and entered into the state system prior to a case being presented to a judge.)
If there is a finding by the Judge that probable cause exists or it is believed that an act of family violence has occurred in the past and may occur in the future, the Court may order such relief as is deemed appropriate.
After the responding party has been served with a copy of the order by the Sheriff’s Office, a hearing will be held within approximately 7 to 10 days. Both parties will have the opportunity to be present at the hearing. A Judge will determine by a preponderance of the evidence if it is warranted to continue the protective order for a period of up to 12 months.