Legal Information: Louisiana

Restraining Orders

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Updated: 
November 10, 2017

Who can get a protective order?

In Louisiana, you can file for a protective order against the abuser if s/he is: 

  • a family member, which includes your:
    • spouse or former spouse;
    • child, step-child, foster child, or grandchild;
    • parent, step-parent, foster parent or grandparents;
  • a household member, which means that you and the abuser:
    • are or were in a sexual or intimate relationship, and 
    • are or were living in the same home;* or 
  • a dating partner, which is defined as any person who you have had an intimate or romantic relationship with, including a same-sex partner.  The judge will decide whether you have an intimate or romantic dating relationship based on:
  • the length of your relationship;
  • the type of relationship between yourself and the abuser; and
  • how often you and the abuser interacted.**

* LA R. S. 46: 2132(4)
** LA R. S. 46: 2151