Frequently Asked Questions - Domestic Violence and Harassment

What is the relationship test for an order of protection?

The plaintiff and the defendant must have one of the following relationships:
•    married now or in the past
•    live in the same household now or lived in the same household in the past
•    parents of a child in common
•    one person is pregnant by the other
•    the individuals are related by blood or marriage (such as parent, parents of a spouse, brother, sister, grandparent, non-biological sibling)
•    the individuals have a current or previous romantic or sexual relationship 
Resources:
•    Things You Should Know About Protective Orders booklet

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