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Restraining Orders

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December 7, 2020

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.1

If you do not qualify for a domestic relationship PPO, you may qualify for Non-Domestic Stalking Personal Protection Orders or a Non-Domestic Sexual Assault Personal Protection Order.

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.2
  • A minor can file for a domestic relationship PPO with the help of a “next friend” (an adult who can file on behalf of the minor).3
  • 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.

1 MCLA 600.2950(1)
2 MCLA 600.2950(27)(b)
3 MCR 3.703(F)(2)