Legal Information: Georgia

Restraining Orders

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Updated: 
September 29, 2016

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 you have a child in common with.*

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.**


If someone other than a family or household member is hurting you, you may be eligible for a stalking protective order.  See What can I do if I'm not eligible for a family violence protective order? for more information.


* O.C.G.A. § 19-13-1

** See O.C.G.A. § 19-13-3(a)