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Know the Laws: North Dakota

UPDATED May 21, 2012

A restraining order is a legal order issued by a state court which requires one person to stop harming another.  In North Dakota, there are protection orders due to domestic violence and disorderly conduct restraining orders, which are explained below.

  • Overview of Civil vs. Criminal Law

    Some restraining orders are issued in criminal court and some are issued in civil court.

  • Protection Orders

    A civil order that provides protection from harm by a family or household member, including someone you are dating and people in same sex relationships.

  • Disorderly Conduct Restraining Orders

    If you are not eligible for a protection order based on domestic violence, you may be able to get a disorderly conduct restraining order against the abuser, who can be an acquaintance, intimate partner, family member, etc.

  • Moving with a DV Protection Order

    Your ND protective order can be enforceable in another state.

  • Enforcing your Out-of-State Order in ND

    If you are planning to move to ND or are going to be in ND for any reason, your protection or restraining order may be enforced.

WomensLaw.org would like to thank the North Dakota Council on Abused Women's Services/Coalition Against Sexual Assault (NDCAWS/CASAND) for helping with the compiling this material.

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