The Probation Department will provide Intake services to individuals who seek to file a Family Offense petition through Madison County Family Court. A Custody petition will be taken as needed to accompany the Family Offense petition. All matters concerning Paternity, Custody and Visitation not related to a family offense, will be referred to the Madison County Family Court Clerk's office. In matters of Support, the potential petitioner will be referred to the Madison County Support Collection Unit located in the Madison County Department of Social Services building.
The following individuals are permitted to initiate a family offense proceeding:
In all other situations, an Order of Protection (Restraining Order) must be sought through the local criminal court.
A probation officer is available to assist individuals who wish to file a Family Offense petition from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Petitions can be heard by a Family Court Judge on an emergency basis. This process can be time-consuming, so anyone wishing to obtain such an Order should allow sufficient time for the process to be completed.