Can I get an order of protection if I'm a minor?
Yes. In some cases you can file on your own; in other cases, you may need a parent, guardian, or person who has legal custody of you to help.
You can file on your own if your parent, guardian, or person who has legal custody of you:
- is the person you're trying to get an order of protection against; or
- is not available.
Otherwise, your parent, guardian, or person who has legal custody will need to file on your behalf.
If your parent or custodian files on your behalf, keep these things in mind:
- Your parent or custodian will name themselves as the "plaintiff" and you as a specifically designated person entitled to protection; and
- It is your relationship with the abuser that must meet the "relationship requirement," not your parent's or guardian's relationship with the abuser.1 See Who can get an order of protection? for information on the "relationship requirements."
1 A.R.S § 13-3602(A)