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Orders for Protection & Restraining Orders

Safety, Advocacy, and Defense

Due to the often highly emotional nature of family law issues, harassment and/or abuse can be an unfortunate reality in some cases. At Arnold & Rodman PA, the safety of our clients and their loved ones is of our highest concern. If abuse has occurred or you feel immediately threatened by the possibility of abuse, the attorneys at Arnold & Rodman PA can assist you in assessing the situation and obtaining a Minnesota Order for Protection or Restraining Order on behalf of yourself or on behalf of a family or household member.

Minnesota Orders for Protection

In Minnesota, an Order for Protection is a civil order that prohibits the abuser from contacting the victim(s) or going to the victim’s place of work or residence. Minnesota Orders for Protection can include a provision for custody and parenting time to the extent necessary to protect the victim(s) and can also include a temporary child support order.

To obtain an Order for Protection, a petition must be filed in family court alleging the domestic abuse that
occurred. In Minnesota, domestic abuse is defined as the following:

  • Physical harm, bodily injury, assault, or the infliction of fear of imminent physical harm, bodily injury, or assault between a family or household member
  • Terroristic threats or criminal sexual conduct committed against a family or household member by a family or household member
  • Interfamilial sexual abuse committed against a minor family or household member by an adult family or household member

Minnesota Harassment Restraining Orders

A person may obtain a Harassment Restraining Order when they have been a victim of physical or sexual
assault or the victim of repeated intrusive or unwanted contact from another person. The attorneys at
Arnold & Rodman PA are experienced in both seeking and defending against Minnesota Harassment Restraining Orders.

In the context of Minnesota Family Law, Harassment is defined as:

  • A single incident of physical or sexual assault or repeated incidents of intrusive or unwanted acts, words, or gestures that have a substantial adverse effect or are intended to have a substantial adverse effect on the safety, security, or privacy of another, regardless of the relationship between the actor and the intended target
  • Targeted residential picketing
  • A pattern of attending public events after being notified that the actor's presence at the event is harassing to another

Experienced Minnesota Family Attorneys

The attorneys at Arnold & Rodman PA are prepared to assist you from start to finish on your Minnesota Harassment Restraining Order issue. From gathering evidence in preparation for your case, to obtaining the temporary order preventing further harassment, all the way to conducting the trial in a thorough fashion so the proper elements are satisfied, and a proper Harassment Restraining Order can be issued.

Conversely, the attorneys at Arnold & Rodman PA recognize that this process can be abused and have the necessary experience to defend you against a frivolous petition for a Harassment Restraining Order.