Against which adults could I get an order for protection of children?
No special relationship between the child and the abuser is necessary1 as long as you believe that the person committed one of the acts described in For what crimes can I get an order for protection of children? It may be a neighbor, a teacher, or a stranger. It may also be a parent or relative, however you may also want to consider an order for protection against domestic violence if the abuser is related to the child.
Note: If your child has contact with an adult who committed a crime against another child, you cannot apply for an order for protection of children unless the abuser committed a crime against your child. For example, if you know that there is a registered sex offender/ pedophile living next door, you cannot apply for an order for protection to keep him/her away from your child unless s/he harms your child.
1 N.R.S. § 33.400(1)
My child was abused by a minor (under 18). Can I get an order for protection of children against a minor?
No. You can only apply for an order for protection of children against someone who is 18 or older.1 Depending on the type of abuse and the relationship between your child and the abuser, you may be able to get another kind of protection order such as an order for protection against domestic violence, an order for protection against stalking and harassment, an order for protection against harassment in the workplace, or an order for protection against sexual assault. For more information please see our NV Restraining Orders page.
1 N.R.S. § 33.400(1)
How much will it cost to file for an order for protection of children?
There are no fees for filing for an order for protection of children.1 Also, it will not cost anything to have the order for protection of children served on the abuser if s/he is in the state of Nevada.2
Note: After the hearing, the judge may order the abuser to pay some or all of the court costs and fees.1
1 N.R.S. § 33.410(1)
2 N.R.S. § 33.410(3)
Do I need an attorney to get an order for protection of children?
No, you do not need a lawyer to get an order for protection of children,1 but it is often better to have one. It may be in your interest to hire an attorney, especially if you think the abuser will be represented by one. You might be able to find an attorney on our NV Finding a Lawyer page.
1 N.R.S. § 33.410(2)(c)
What are the steps to get an order for protection of children?
The steps for getting an order for protection of children will be similar to the steps for getting an order for protection but you will need to fill out different forms.
Check on our NV Download Court Forms page to see if the forms are available online. Otherwise, you can get the forms at the courthouse when you go to file.
What can I do if the abuser violates the order?
If you believe the abuser has violated the order, you can immediately call the police. If an abuser has been served with a copy of the order for protection of children and violates the order, the police can immediately arrest him/her. 1
For more information about contempt, including the difference between criminal contempt and civil contempt, go to our general Domestic Violence Restraining Orders page.
1 N.R.S. § 33.430(2)