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Personal Protection Order Ages 18 & Under

Getting a Personal Protection Order If You Are Under 18

If you are a minor, you can ask the court for a personal protection order (PPO). However, you cannot get a PPO on your own. You need help from someone called a “next friend”. A next friend is usually a parent or other adult whom you trust. Your next friend will file the PPO petition on your behalf.

PPOs are not for problems between parents and their children. You can’t get a PPO against your parent unless you are an emancipated minor. However, you can be protected from a parent by a PPO the court gives your other parent.

 

Choosing Your Next Friend

You may be able to choose your next friend, depending on your age. If you are 13 years old or younger, the court will choose a next friend for you. If you are between 14 and 17, you may choose your own next friend.

Your next friend should be an adult you trust. Your next friend should be someone who has time to help you and is willing to help you. Your next friend can be a:

•parent

•other relative

•teacher

•religious leader or

•another adult you trust

 

Getting a PPO If the Abuser Is Under 18

You can get a PPO if the abuser is between 10 and 18 years old. You can’t get a PPO against a person who is under 10 years old. PPOs are not for problems between parents and their children. You can’t get a PPO against your child unless your child is an emancipated minor.

 

Some things are different for getting a PPO if the abuser is under 18:

•You must file the personal protection order action in the circuit court in the county where you live, or where the abuser lives. This is different from a personal protection order action filed against an adult. Those can be filed in any Michigan county.

•You must include the name(s) and address(es) of the abuser’s parent(s), guardian(s), or legal custodian(s) if you have that information or can easily obtain it.

•You must serve the court papers on the abuser and the abuser’s parent(s), guardian(s), or custodian(s) if you know their location.

•When a minor violates the terms of a PPO, its enforcement will be different from the enforcement against an adult. The court will enforce the PPO according to laws and rules for a juvenile delinquent.

 

Sexual Assault PPOs and Minors

A sexual assault PPO is to protect you from a person who has:

•Been convicted of sexually assaulting you, or

•Threatened to sexually assault you.

 

If you are under 18, you can also get a sexual assault PPO against someone who gave you obscene material. Giving obscene material to a minor is treated like threatening the minor with a sexual assault.

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Women's Resource Center
720 S Elmwood, Ste 2
Traverse City, MI 49684
Ph 231-941-1210
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