Against Repeat Violence (11/15)
Florida Supreme Court Approved Family Law Form 12.980(k). A temporary injunction is issued without
notice to the respondent. The clerk will give your petition, the temporary injunction, and any other
papers filed with your petition to the sheriff or other law enforcement officer for personal service on
the respondent. The temporary injunction will take effect immediately after the respondent is served
with a copy of it. It lasts until a full hearing can be held or for a period of 15 days, whichever comes
first. The court may extend the temporary injunction beyond 15 days for a good reason, which may
include failure to obtain service on the respondent.
The temporary injunction is issued ex parte. This means that the judge has considered only the
information presented by one side--YOU. Section I of the temporary injunction gives a date that you
should appear in court for a hearing. You will be expected to testify about the facts in your petition.
The respondent will be given the opportunity to testify at this hearing, also. At the hearing, the judge
will decide whether to issue a Final Judgment of Injunction for Protection Against Repeat Violence
(After Notice), Florida Supreme Court Approved Family Law Form 12.980(l), which will remain in effect
for a specific time period or until modified or dissolved by the court. If you and/or the respondent do
not appear, the temporary injunction may be continued in force, extended, or dismissed, and/or
additional orders may be granted, including entry of a permanent injunction and the imposition of
court costs. You and respondent will be bound by the terms of any injunction or order issued at the
IF EITHER YOU OR RESPONDENT DO NOT APPEAR AT THE FINAL HEARING, YOU WILL BOTH BE
BOUND BY THE TERMS OF ANY INJUNCTION OR ORDER ISSUED IN THIS MATTER.
If the judge signs a temporary or final injunction, the clerk will provide you with the necessary copies.
Make sure that you keep one certified copy of the injunction with you at all times!
What can I do if the judge denies my petition?
If your petition is denied on the grounds that it appears to the court that no immediate and present
danger of repeat violence exists, the court will set a full hearing on your petition. The respondent will
be notified by personal service of your petition and the hearing. If your petition is denied, you may:
amend your petition by filing a Supplemental Affidavit in Support of Petition for Injunction for
Protection, Florida Supreme Court Approved Family Law Form 12.980(g); attend the hearing and
present facts that support your petition; and/or dismiss your petition.
Where can I look for more information?
Before proceeding, you should read General Information for Self-Represented Litigants found at the
beginning of these forms. The words that are in bold underline are defined in that section. The clerk
of the circuit court or family law intake staff will help you complete any necessary forms. For further
information, see Section 784.046, Florida Statutes, and Rule 12.610, Florida Family Law Rules of
Instructions for Florida Supreme Court Approved Family Law Form 12.980(f), Petition for Injunction for