When signed by a Judge, a Temporary Order of Protection is valid immediately. After the judge signs the order, these are the next steps:
Your Petition and a copy of the Order must be given to law enforcement for service upon the Respondent.
There must be a hearing within 20 days. If law enforcement cannot find the Respondent within 20 days, you will need to ask the court to set a new hearing date.
At the hearing you must be prepared to explain to the court why you are asking for an Order of Protection, which includes bringing witnesses to the hearing who have knowledge about the facts in your Petition.
Stay in contact with the Clerk of Court for information about your case. The Clerk’s number is (406) 657-8490
You should keep copies of your order with you at all times. It is a good idea to always carry one in your purse or wallet, as well as having a copy at work and at your children’s schools.