The Steps for Getting a Protective Order in Maryland

How to Get a Court Order Restraining the Actions of Another Person

The Steps for Getting a Protective Order in MarylandDo you need to take legal action to limit another person’s contact with you? In the state of Maryland, you can obtain a protective order through either the District Court or Circuit Court in the county where you live. Before a court will issue such an order, you must show how you might be subjected to abuse by the restrainee. That requirement can be met by showing one or more of the following:

  • Actual physical violence in the past—hitting, kicking, shoving, punching, biting, or throwing objects at you
  • Threats or actions that reasonably put you in fear of imminent serious injury
  • Rape or sexual assault
  • Stalking
  • False imprisonment
  • Mental injury to a child

To qualify for a protective order, a person must fall into one of the following categories:

  • A current or former spouse of the abuser
  • A cohabitant of the abuser
  • A person related to the abuser, whether by blood, marriage, or adoption
  • A person who has had a child with the abuser
  • A person who has been involved in a sexual relationship with the abuser within one year of the petition for a protective order
  • A parent, stepparent, or stepchild, provided they have lived with the abuser for at least 90 days in the last 12 months
  • Any vulnerable adult

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