Legal Information: Arkansas

Restraining Orders

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February 14, 2022

Can I get an order of protection if I am a minor?

Yes. A minor (under 18) cannot file the petition himself/herself, but any adult family or household member may file on behalf of the minor, including a married minor.1 An employee or volunteer at a domestic violence shelter or organization may also file on behalf of a minor, including a married minor.2Note: A minor may be able to get an order of protection if s/he is residing in the household where the domestic abuse occurred. The minor does not have to be the direct victim of abuse in this case.3

1 Ark. Code § 9-15-201(d)(2)
2 Ark. Code § 9-15-201(d)(4)
3 Ark. Code § 9-15-103(4)

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