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Legal Information: Georgia
Updated: October 30, 2020
Am I eligible to get a family violence protective order?
You may be eligible to file for a family violence protective order if you and/or your minor child have experienced an act of family violence by:
- your spouse or ex-spouse;
- your parent, step-parent, or foster parent;
- your child, step-child, or foster child;
- any person who lives or has lived in the same household with you; or
- someone with whom you have a child in common.1
Note: A minor cannot file his/her own petition. If you are under 18 years old, you may have to get a parent/guardian to file on your behalf.2
If someone other than a family or household member is hurting you, you may be eligible for a stalking protective order.
1 O.C.G.A. § 19-13-1
2 See O.C.G.A. § 19-13-3(a)
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