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Legal Statutes: Arkansas

UPDATED September 15, 2017

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Subchapter 1. General Provisions.

back to top9-15-103. Definitions

As used in this chapter:

(1) “County where the petitioner resides” means the county in which the petitioner physically resides at the time the petition is filed and may include a county where the petitioner is located for a short-term stay in a domestic violence shelter;

(2)(A) “Dating relationship” means a romantic or intimate social relationship between two (2) individuals that shall be determined by examining the following factors:

(i) The length of the relationship;

(ii) The type of the relationship; and

(iii) The frequency of interaction between the two (2) individuals involved in the relationship.

(B) “Dating relationship” shall not include a casual relationship or ordinary fraternization between two (2) individuals in a business or social context;

(3) “Domestic abuse” means:

(A) Physical harm, bodily injury, assault, or the infliction of fear of imminent physical harm, bodily injury, or assault between family or household members; or

(B) Any sexual conduct between family or household members, whether minors or adults, that constitutes a crime under the laws of this state;

(4) “Family or household members” means spouses, former spouses, parents and children, persons related by blood within the fourth degree of consanguinity, in-laws, any children residing in the household, persons who presently or in the past have resided or cohabited together, persons who have or have had a child in common, and persons who are presently or in the past have been in a dating relationship together; and

(5) “In-laws” means persons related by marriage within the second degree of consanguinity.

(6) “Commercial mobile radio service” means commercial mobile service as defined in 47 U.S.C. § 332; and

(7) “Wireless telephone service provider” means a commercial mobile radio service provider or reseller.

Acts of 1991, Act 266, § 2; Acts of 1999, Act 1551, § 1, eff. July 30, 1999; Acts of 2001, Act 1678, § 1, eff. Aug. 13, 2001; Acts of 2005, Act 1676, § 1, eff. Aug. 12, 2005; Acts of 2005, Act 1875, § 1, eff. Aug. 12, 2005; Acts of 2009, Act 698, § 1, eff. July 31, 2009; Acts of 2015, Act 701, §§ 1, 2, eff. July 22, 2015; Acts of 2017, Act 577, § 1, eff. Aug. 1, 2017.