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Legal Information: Maryland
Updated: November 10, 2020
Am I eligible for a peace order?
Peace orders are meant to protect people who do not qualify for a domestic violence protective order. If you are eligible to file for a domestic violence protective order, you are not eligible for a peace order.1 (To see if you would qualify for domestic violence protective order, go to Who can get a protective order?)
Here are a few examples of relationships that may qualify you for a peace order:
- a boyfriend/ girlfriend who you do not have a child in common with and with whom you do not live;
- a neighbor;
- a co-worker;
- an acquaintance;
- a stranger;
- a parent, stepparent, child, or stepchild of you or the abuser with whom you do not currently live and with whom you have not lived for 90 days or more within 1 year before the filing of the petition.1
1“Peace and Protective Orders” Brochure,” MD Judiciary
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