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Restraining Orders

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Updated: 
June 12, 2018

Can a minor get a PFA order?

To file, you must be 18 or older or otherwise emancipated. A parent, legal guardian, “next friend” or the State Department of Human Resources may file on behalf of a minor or any person prevented by physical or mental incapacity from seeking a protection order.1Note: If you are the parent, legal guardian, or next friend who is filing the petition on behalf of a minor child who is living at home, and you are filing against the child’s parent, step-parent, or legal guardian, you must:

  • have been an eyewitness to the specific acts of abuse or circumstances alleged in the petition;
  • have affidavits from eyewitnesses of the specific acts of abuse or circumstances alleged in the petition; or
  • have direct physical evidence of the specific acts of abuse or circumstances alleged in the petition.2

If you are filing on behalf of a minor child who is living at home against someone other than a parent, step-parent, or legal guardian of a minor child, you must have reasonable cause to believe that the minor child is a victim of the acts of abuse or circumstances alleged in the petition.3

1 Ala. Code § 30-5-5(a)
2 Ala. Code § 30-5-5(c)(1)
3 Ala. Code § 30-5-5(c)(2)