Legal Information: Michigan

Restraining Orders

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Updated: 
August 16, 2016

Who can get a domestic relationship personal protection order?

You may be eligible to file a domestic relationship PPO against:


  • your current or former spouse;
  • someone with whom you have a child in common;
  • someone you are dating or used to date; or
  • anyone who lives in your home or has lived in your home.*

If you do not qualify for a domestic relationship PPO, you may qualify for a non-domestic stalking PPO.  See Non-Domestic Stalking Personal Protection Orders for more information. 


If your children are being abused, you should know that:


  • Unemancipated children are not eligible to file for a domestic relationship PPO against a parent.
  • A parent cannot file for a domestic relationship PPO against the other parent on her child's behalf if the child is a victim of abuse unless the parent is also the victim of abuse. If both a parent and her child are experiencing abuse, the parent may file for a domestic relationship PPO. This domestic relationship PPO may protect the child(ren) as well.
  • If your child is experiencing abuse but you do not qualify for a domestic relationship PPO, you may want to consider speaking with an advocate at your local domestic violence organization (see MI Advocates and Shelters) and/or talking to a lawyer to understand all options that may be available to you.  Go to our MI Finding a Lawyer page for legal referrals.

 * MCLA 600.2950(1)