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)