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Restraining Orders

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Updated: 
August 15, 2016

Can a minor file for an order for protection?

A minor child who is age 16 or older can file on his/her own behalf against a spouse or former spouse, or a person with whom the minor has a child in common - but the judge must believe that the minor has "sufficient maturity and judgment" to file on his/her own and that it is in the best interests of the minor to allow the minor to file. All other minors must have a parent, guardian, or a "reputable" adult in his/her household (who is age 25 or older) file on their behalf.1

1 Minn. Stat. § 518B.01(4)(a)