A Self-Help Guide: How to make an application for a restraining order

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This guide is not legal advice.  If you have questions or need advice about your case, you should speak to a lawyer.

If you do not have a lawyer, you may contact the Lawyer Referral Service operated by the Law Society of Upper Canada.  The Lawyer Referral Service will provide the name of a lawyer in your area who practices family law.  This lawyer will provide a half-hour consultation for free. 

If you cannot afford a lawyer, you may be able to get legal aid.  You can contact the nearest Legal Aid Ontario office to see if you are eligible.  The telephone number of the Legal Aid office in your area is listed in your telephone directory.  If you cannot find the phone number, Legal Aid Ontario’s toll-free line is 1-800-668-8258.  To learn more about Legal Aid Ontario, you may wish to visit their website at  www.legalaid.on.ca.


Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION (PDF - 122KB)

  1. What is a restraining order?
  2. Who can apply for a restraining order?
  3. Do I need a lawyer to ask for a restraining order?

APPLYING FOR A RESTRAINING ORDER AT FAMILY COURT (PDF - 93KB)

  1. How do I apply for a restraining order?

AFTER THE RESTRAINING ORDER IS MADE (PDF - 40KB)

  1. What will happen to the person being restrained?
  2. I have a restraining order but I need to ask for different terms. How do I change my restraining order?
  3. When will the restraining order end?

RESTRAINING ORDER TIPS SHEET (PDF - 28KB)

SAMPLE RESTRAINING ORDER FORMS (PDF - 120KB)

RESOURCES (PDF - 59KB)

  1. General Resources
  2. Legal Resources

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