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Qualifications for a Domestic Violence Protective Order
To qualify for such an order, the parties must be in one of the following relationships:

  • A spouse or ex-spouse
  • Members of the opposite sex who are living or have lived, as if married
  • Parties who have a child, or parties who are parents, grandparents or others acting in place of parents of a minor child
  • Current or former household members
  • Parties who are dating or have dated in the past
Once qualified the victim may ask the Court for an order which may:

  • Order the offender to refrain from the acts
  • Grant possession of the home and keep the offender from the home
  • Require the offender to provide the victim and the victim's children a suitable place to stay away from the home
  • Award temporary custody of minor children to the victim and establish visitation rights
  • Order the eviction of the party from the home and order assistance to the victim in returning to the home
  • Order child support payments by either party
  • Order spousal support payments (if the law provides for it)
  • Order that either party be given possession of personal property
The court may also order an offender to refrain from doing any or all of the following acts:

  • Threatening, abusing or following the other party
  • Harassing the other party by telephone, visiting the home or workplace or other means, or otherwise interfering with the other party
  • Award costs and attorney's fees to either party
  • Prohibit a party from purchasing a firearm for a specified period of time
  • Order the party who is committing the domestic violence to attend an
  • Abuser treatment program
  • Order anything else the judge feels is necessary to assure the safety of a minor child or any party
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