Before you put in your application - Interim FVROs
Bringing a support person
Restraining order applications are heard in closed court and members of the public cannot come into the courtroom. You are allowed to bring one or more people with you for emotional support (as well as a lawyer if you are represented). A person providing support has to be approved by the court and can’t be a witness.
Try to find a support person who isn't too closely connected to what has happened. The family violence support service at court, or your local community legal centre, may be able to provide someone to help support you during the hearing.
Sort out child care and parking
You need to organise someone to look after your children when you come to court. Some Magistrates don’t allow children to come into the courtroom and courts do not have child care facilities on site
You should be prepared to be at court for much of the day, even if you filed your application early in the morning. It is best if you don't need to leave the court to move your car or buy more time for parking.