Who Can Seek a Protective Order in Maryland

What Parties May Be Eligible for Protection from the Court?

Who Can Seek a Protective Order in MarylandIn Maryland, when you have been the victim of certain types of abuse or violence, you can ask the court to issue a protective order, preventing the person who committed the wrongful act from have certain types of contact with or proximity to you. You must, however, be in one of the following relationships with the perpetrator of the violence or abuse in order to qualify for a protective order. Those categories include:

  • The current or former spouse of the respondent (person against whom the order is sought)
  • A person related by marriage, blood or adoption to the respondent, including a parent, child, stepparent, stepchild or adopted child of the perpetrator
  • A person who lives with the respondent
  • A person who has had a child in common with the respondent
  • A person who has had a sexual liaison or relationship with the respondent within the last 12 months
  • The victim of a sexual offense perpetrated by the respondent within the last 6 months
  • A vulnerable adult who has been the victim of abuse or violence by the respondent

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