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Restraining Orders

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October 29, 2020

Can I file for a civil protection order against a minor?

It depends. If you are the custodial parent, guardian, or custodian of the minor against whom you are trying to file, you cannot file a petition for civil protection against the minor.1 If you have any other qualifying relationship to the minor (e.g., the minor is your boyfriend or other relative), you can file a petition against the minor as long as the minor is 12 years of age or older.2

When filing against a minor, the minor’s custodial parent, guardian, or custodian, must be served with notice of the court hearing and an order to appear, a copy of the petition, and the temporary protection order, if the judge gives you one.3

1 D.C. Code § 16-1003(a)(6)
2 D.C. Code § 16-1001(13)
3 D.C. Code § 16-1004(d)