What does the Court need to know?

The PPO forms ask for important information that the Court needs before it can issue a PPO. Please fill out the forms legibly and completely. Also, you may attach supporting documents to the forms.


  • You are the "petitioner" and the person from whom you want protection is the "respondent."
  • As best you can, state what the respondent did, what happened to you as a result, and the dates that the events occurred. State facts rather than conclusions.
  • You do not need a police report or other supporting documents, but if you have them, they can help the judge understand the situation. Provide three copies of any document that you are attaching in support of your PPO request.
  • Inform the Court of other cases involving you and the respondent and whether or not the cases are open. These cases need not be in Michigan. It is especially important to notify the Court about a court order regarding child custody, parenting time, or a criminal case against the respondent.
  • You must provide a mailing address for you. This address does not have to be the same as your residence.
  • It is very helpful to have an address and physical description for the respondent because without enough identifying information, the order cannot be entered into LEIN - the Law Enforcement Information Network.

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1. What is a PPO?
2. How to apply for a PPO?
3. What if I am a minor or an incapacitated person?
4. What does the Court need to know?
5. When will the PPO go into effect?
6. What do I do after a PPO is issued?
7. What if the respondent violates the PPO?
8. How do I modify, terminate, or extend the PPO?
9. Where can I call for help?