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·         Before you can get a Protection from Abuse Order you and the person you want restrained must be intimate partners or household members. This means you and the person you want restrained must meet one of the following requirements.  ALSO, if you are seeking protection of a minor child, the child and the person you want restrained must be intimate partners or household members. This means the child and the person you want restrained must meet one of the requirements

·         You are in a dating relationship (a social relationship of a romantic nature)

·         You have been in a dating relationship in the past

·         You are living together

·         You have lived together in the past; or

·         You have had a child in common.

·         In Addition

·         Abuse must have occurred. This means that one of the following has         occurred

·         The person physically hurt you or a minor child on purpose

·         The person tried to physically hurt you or a minor child.

·         The person recently threatened to physically hurt you or a minor child.

·         The person engaged in sexual conduct (touching or sexual intercourse) with a minor child under 16 years of age.

·         You may file only two petitions for a Protection from Abuse Order in one calendar year, unless you are filing the petition on behalf of a minor child who has been abused.

·         You may file only two petitions for a Protection from Abuse Order in one calendar year, unless you are filing the petition on behalf of a minor child who has been abused.

·         You should be available to testify at future hearings as set by the judge. If you fail to appear, the case may be dismissed.

·         Legal help may be available through a private attorney or legal services.

·         A Final Protection from Abuse Order will expire after one year or on the date stated in the order, unless you request an extension or modification from the court.

·         If you are the defendant, and you want an order restraining the plaintiff from abuse, you must file a counter petition.

·         Before you can get a Protection from Stalking Order, stalking must have occurred. Stalking is an intentional harassment of another person that places the other person in reasonable fear for that person's safety. Harassment means a knowing and intentional course of conduct directed at a specific person that seriously alarms, annoys, torments or terrorizes the person and that serves no legitimate purpose. Course of conduct means conduct consisting of two or more separate acts over a period of time, however short, that show a continuity of purpose which would cause a reasonable person to suffer substantial emotional distress.

·         You may seek a Protection from Stalking Order for yourself, for your minor child, or for a minor child who lives with you.

·         You should be available to testify at future hearings as set by the judge. If you fail to appear, the case may be dismissed.

·         Legal help may be available through your private attorney or legal services.

·         A Final Protection from Stalking Order will expire after one year or on the date stated in the order, unless you request an extension or modification from the court.

·         The court shall assess costs against the defendant and may award attorney fees to the victim in any case in which the court issues a protection from stalking order pursuant to this act. The court may award attorney fees to the defendant in any case where the court finds that the petition to seek relief pursuant to this act is without merit.  Abuse must have occurred. This means that one of the following has occurred