How To Remove A Restraining Order Without An Attorney

divorce lawyer Alex DurstQuestion:

I need to have a restraining order removed that was placed against me, but I cannot afford an attorney.

I was told I could write a letter to the judge to get the order removed, but I’m unsure what to include in this letter.

How can I have a restraining order removed without the assistance of an attorney?


I am unable to give you legal advice on divorce. I can give general divorce help for men, though, my knowledge is based on Ohio divorce laws where I am licensed to practice.

In general, to have a protection order modified or dismissed, the person who wants the modification or dismissal must file a written motion with the court in the county where the order of protection was issued. A motion is sometimes described to people who do not have an attorney representing them as a “letter to the judge.”

Essentially, what you should include in the letter/motion is what you respectfully request that the court do, i.e., remove the protection order, and why it would be right for the court do what you request, i.e., because you are not a threat to her, etc.

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You should include as much information as possible about the factual background. Just explain why it is unfair for you to have a restraining order against you, and, more importantly, why it is unnecessary. Make sure that the letter/motion is well-written and grammatically correct with no errors.

After receiving the letter/motion, the court should set the matter for a hearing before the assigned judge or magistrate, which you will have to attend.

Remember, I am unable to provide you with anything more than divorce tips for men, so please consult with a divorce lawyer in your jurisdiction.

To arrange an initial consultation to discuss divorce rights for men with a Cordell & Cordell attorney, including Ohio Divorce Lawyer Alexander J. Durst, contact Cordell & Cordell.

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11 comments on “How To Remove A Restraining Order Without An Attorney

    I have this same issue. I live in a different state and have primary custodial custody of my daughter. Her mother has her and had this order placed so that I can not contact either of them or even request my daughter be returned to me or notify her she is in contempt of our child custody decree. I can’t afford an Attorney much less afford to fly out there to attend a hearing. What are my options.

    I have a protection order against me I stopped going anywhere that we used to go together or any place that we might both show up at the same time she saw me on the bus she spoke spoke back and walk to the back of the bus. She walked to the back of the bus handed me a piece of paper it was her phone number I got off at my stop she got off I said I’m hoping that she would just walk away no she came
    over where I was sitting, and started talking. She uses the threat of the protection order the police and the courts to force me to have a conversation with her. To force me to communicate on the telephone with her verbal and texting. It’s her way or go to jail. Worst of all, she’s living in the apartment complex directly across the street from the apartment complex I live it. I have a roommate we both are on a lease she has a room that’s on Section 8 and she is not on the lease. I know that guy he’s a fellow veteran, 74 years of age and being threatened daily verbal abuse for sure I heard it ! I’m a veteran as well, so to Veterans go shoot some 8 ball pool today, she got home before he did she was mad because he wasn’t there when she got home he told her where he had been and who he was with and what he had done, but he forgot to get her permission to do this. So he’s in the doghouse and get a text, quote “you made your bed” if I have a restraining order against me and three years probation and going to anger management class and has to be evaluated psychologically and drug and alcohol evaluation, I told the VA mental health the situation , I’m having to take medication for anxiety depression medication for the side effects of the medication that I’m taking. I feel like a prisoner being held hostage against my will doing her will that I may stay free keep my Liberty I can’t take much more of that. Is no way to live, more of a daytime nightmare. I know I’m not the only one experiencing a dilemma such as this. I have a zero tolerance for being threatened, accused of doing something I did not do, Someone putting their hands on me the wrong way. I will be talking to a lawyer first thing in the morning !!! God be with us as we suffer these difficult times.

    I have an order of protection against me. It was my ex-office manager. All I ever did was text her asking why I lost my job when a new company took over. They dissolved my position and let me go. Then they placed an ad on the net to find someone to do my job. They never offered the new position to me. The office manager never responded to my text messages. She accused me of harassment and stalking her. I have not been back to the workplace, nor ever her home. The judge used texting as the need for an order of protection.

    Hi, I have a restraing order againts me from my soon to be ex. It was a one time outburst. Nothing before or after. No bodily harm only a.bunch of records broken.
    I dont have momeyfor a lawyer at this tome.
    Thanks A Fort ,

    I’ve read that one should NOT contact the judge and that the judge has no obligation to read any correspondence. However, I have seen the form for requesting a court’s motion removing a restraining order. This form is buried, however, and I haven’t been able to relocate it. Interesting how buried it is and that most counties and my state only provide information about keeping an order against someone (job security for them, eh?). I know someone who’s gone to court twice to request the judge remove the restraining order against her husband, but the judge has said no each time. I am disgusted that this kind of thing is taking place in our judicial system. It should not be up to a judge to keep someone from seeing their married spouse regardless of the circumstances! The fact that people are putting up with this is just beyond me!

    what if the person was falsely accused of the things that were said in the restraining order and can be proven can the restraining order be lifted then

    thank you so much, because this is more common than usual. Unfortunately. 🙁 this is good advice and I will act today

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