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Restraining Orders

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Laws current as of January 11, 2024

Can a minor file for a DVRO?

Minors who are 12 years old or older can file for restraining orders without the assistance of a parent or guardian. However, if a minor is under 18 and living with a parent or guardian, a copy of the restraining order must be sent to at least one parent or guardian, unless the judge determines it is not in the minor’s best interest to do so.1

1 Cal.C.C.P. § 372(b)(1), (b)(2)