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Legal Information: Arkansas
Updated: February 12, 2020
Who can get an order of protection?
You may be eligible for an order of protection against a family or household member who has committed domestic violence against you. The abuser is a family or household members if s/he is:
- a spouse or former spouse;
- a parent or child;
- any person related to you by blood within the 4th degree of consanguinity (this includes family relationships up to first cousins);
- an in-law (related by marriage within the 2nd degree of consanguinity);1
- any child residing in the household;
- a person with whom you have (or had) a child in common;
- a person with whom you currently live or have lived in the past;
- a person with whom you have or have had a dating relationship (romantic or intimate).2
1 Ark. Code § 9-15-103(5)
2 Ark. Code § 9-15-103(4)
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