Does a South Dakota judge hold a hearing on my request for a Protection Order?

Yes.  Whether or not you are granted an "ex parte" Temporary Protection Order, the judge will schedule a hearing on your petition for an Order of Protection. At this hearing, the judge will listen to both you and the Respondent and if the Court finds by a preponderance of the evidence that domestic abuse has taken place, the Court will issue an Order of Protection. You must attendthis hearing. You should bring with you any additional evidence of the abuse, such as witnesses, photos and medical records, etc



Brooke Swier Schloss
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Family Law and Estate Planning attorney helping families across South Dakota plan and protect their loved ones