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Order of Protection Information

What is an Order of Protection?


An Order of Protection (OP) is a court order which requires the abuser to stay away from you.

The OP may also:

1. Order the abuser to move out of your home;

2. Order the abuser to have no contact with you by any means at all;

3. Award to you custody of any children you have with the abuser, as well as make child support and visitation orders IF there are no previous orders on theses issues;

4. Order the abuser to pay the rent or mortgage on your home, as well as pay some living expenses for you;

5. Award to you specific items of personal property;

6. Order the abuser not to dispose of any of your personal property or mutually owned property;

7. Order the abuser to participate in a court-approved treatment program for batterers or for drug users;

8. Order the abuser to pay for any services you have received from a domestic violence shelter;

9. Order the abuser to pay attorney’s fees or any court costs;

10. Order the abuser not to possess a gun;

11. Order the abuser to pay medical expenses for injuries they caused.


Where do I file?

Orders of Protections can be filed either in the county you live or work in OR the county the abuser lives or works in

Do I need a lawyer to file?

A lawyer is not required, but can be helpful especially if the abuser is able to afford a lawyer and you cannot

Where can I file afterhours? 

What I do I need to file?

What happens if the order is violated?

What is an Ex-Parte and how is that different than a Full Order of Protection

What if I need to file an Order of Protection for my child?

For questions, call our legal helpline (314) 664-6699
For more in depth information about the process of filing an Order of Protection, check out our Order of Protection booklet here.  
Area Courthouses

Franklin County:

Monday-Friday: 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

300 E. Main, Room 301, Union, MO



Jefferson County:

Monday-Friday: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

300 2nd Street, Hillsboro, MO


Warren County:

Monday-Friday: 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

104 W. Main Street, Warrenton, MO



Washington County:

Monday-Friday: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

102 N. Missouri, Potosi, MO


St. Louis City Civil Courts Building:

Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Holidays: 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

10 N. Tucker, 9th Floor, Room 901, St. Louis, MO



St. Louis County:

Monday-Friday: 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Saturday: 9:00 a.m. – noon

105 S Central Blvd, Street Level, Clayton, MO


Lincoln County:

Monday-Friday: 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

201 Main Street, Troy, MO



St. Charles County:

Monday – Friday: 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

300 N. Second Street, St. Charles, MO

636-949-7900 Ext. 7746 or 636-949-7391

Sat/Sun/Other hours: 636-949-1410

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