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Restraining Orders

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Laws current as of
November 3, 2023

Can a minor get a protective order?

If a minor (under 18) is being abused by someone with whom they have or had a relationship, the minor’s parent or guardian will need to file for a protective order on the minor’s behalf.1 The petition is called “Petition for Relief from Domestic Abuse on Behalf of a Minor Child.” If the child is being abused by his/her parent, usually the child’s other parent will apply for his/her own protection order and ask the judge to include the child as an additional protected party.

1 IA ST § 236.3