To obtain a 2-Year Family Code Protective Order, the victim must apply for a protective order. In this application, the survivor lays out the basic allegations and requests for relief (as found in the Texas Family Code). The court then issues an Order to Appear that requires the alleged perpetrator (the 'respondent') to show up to court on a specific date to answer for the charges. Then the application and order both are served on the respondent. At the hearing, the court must determine if there is a preponderance of evidence that the respondent committed family violence against the applicant, and that family violence will likely reoccur. If the court fails to find either of these things to be true, it must deny the protective order.