Can a Child Get a Restraining Order?

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YES. A child may get a Restraining Order.

  • A child under the age of 12 years may appear in court without an attorney for the purpose of requesting or opposing a protective order, so long as he or she has someone appointed by the court (called a "guardian ad litem") Opens new window acting for them by filing any necessary court papers or appearing in court on their behalf.
  • A child between the ages of 12 and 18 may appear in court without an attorney and without a "guardian ad litem" to request or oppose a protective order.
  • The child must meet all of the normal requirements for a restraining order.

If the child originally appeared in court without a guardian or guardian ad litem, and is living with a parent or guardian, the court must send a copy of the protective order to at least one parent or guardian designated by the child -- unless the court decides that notifying a parent or guardian would be contrary to the best interests of the child.






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