There are different types of paperwork for personal protection orders (PPOs) based on the types of relationships in each case and whether the case involves an adult or a minor. Each set of forms contains a petition, order, verified statement, and addendum form. The person filing the PPO is called a petitioner and the person who the PPO is filed against is called the respondent.
There is no charge to file a PPO and must be submitted prior to 4:00 PM to be processed on that day and given to the judge for review. The court has one business day to review the PPO and related materials and let the petitioner know the outcome. It is the petitioner’s responsibility to find someone to serve the PPO on the respondent as the court does not provide that service. If the petitioner does not have an adult that can serve the respondent they may contact the Newaygo County Sheriff’s Department for assistance at (231) 689-7380.
Please review PPO Instructions – Newaygo County prior to getting started which will provide details specific to Newaygo County for our PPO processes. Also, please find PPO Instructions – SCAO which provides information from the State Court Administrative Office (SCAO) on the PPO process. If you still have questions, please feel free to contact the Newaygo County Circuit Court Clerks Office at (231) 689-7269 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Submitting a PPO
PPOs may be submitted via mail, email, or fax using the following information:
Newaygo County Circuit Court
PO BOX 885
White Cloud, MI 49349
What Kind of PPO do you need?
PPO Domestic Relationship
This group of forms may be used if a petitioner is filing a PPO against an adult (18 years or older) and you are currently married to the person (respondent). Petitioners may also use these forms when not married to the respondent but live with or have lived with the respondent in the past if the respondent is not the petitioner’s unemancipated child. These forms should also be used if the petitioner and the respondent have never been married but have a child in common. Finally, a petitioner would use these forms if they had a dating relationship with the respondent.
PPO Domestic Relationship – Minor
Petitioners may use these forms if they have a domestic relationship and wish to restrain someone between ages of 10 and 18 years of age. Petitioners using these forms must live with or have lived with the respondent if the respondent is not your unemancipated minor child. Further, petitioners will use these forms if they have a child in common with the respondent regardless of previously being marred to or having lived with the respondent. A petitioner may also use these forms if they have or have had a dating relationship with the respondent.
PPO Nondomestic Relationship
Petitioners will use these forms if the respondent is over the age of 18 and there is not a domestic relationship with the person as defined above in the domestic relationship section.
PPO Nondomestic Relationship – Minor
Petitioners using these forms will be filing a PPO against a respondent between the ages of 10 and 18 who they do not have a domestic relationship with.
PPO Non-Domestic/Sexual Assault
Petitioners wanting an order to prevent a respondent over the age of 18 from sexually assaulting them or threatening to sexually assault them would use these forms. A domestic relationship does not need to exist to file this type of PPO. Respondents for these cases must have exhibited certain actions toward the petitioner. Please read the petition below for further details.
PPO Non-Domestic/Sexual Assault – Minor
Petitioners wanting an order to prevent a respondent under the age of 18 from sexually assaulting them or threatening to sexually assault them would use these forms. A domestic relationship does not need to exist to file this type of PPO. Respondents for these cases must have exhibited certain actions toward the petitioner. Please read the petition below for further details.
PPO Miscellaneous Documents
Please find additional PPO documents petitioners or respondents may need to dismiss, show cause, modify, extend, or terminate a PPO.