IN FLORIDA, CAN I RETRACT MY PETITION FOR DOMESTIC VIOLENCE ONCE IT IS FILED?
In Florida, sometimes it is possible to retract a Petition for Domestic Violence after it has been filed, but has not been heard by a judge. No two situations are exactly alike.
If you have filed a Petition for Domestic Violence in Florida but have changed your mind and wish to retract it, you can request to do so by speaking with the clerk of court where you filed the Petition. They will provide you with the necessary forms to fill out and submit to formally withdraw the Petition. But this is not the norm. Remember: You have sworn to the truthfulness and accuracy of this document!
It’s important to note that once a Petition for Domestic Violence is filed, the court may still proceed with the case even if you later choose to retract the Petition. Therefore, if you have any concerns about your safety, it’s important to speak with a qualified domestic violence advocate or attorney before taking any action to retract your Petition. Public safety is not taken lightly.