Q: What is a personal protection order (PPO)?
A: A Personal Protection Order, or PPO, is an order issued by a Circuit Court. It may protect you from being hit, threatened, harassed, or stalked by another person. The PPO may also stop someone from coming into your home or bothering you at work. It can stop them from buying a firearm or finding your address through school records. It can also stop them from taking your minor children unless required by the court.
Q: Against whom may I request that a PPO be issued?
A: PPOs can be ordered against the following people: spouse or former spouse, housemate or former housemate, parties who have a child in common, and people who are dating or who have dated. All other forms of PPOs are limited to preventing and stopping stalking.
Q: If I request a PPO, is it granted automatically?
A: No. If a judge determines, based on your complaint, that a PPO needs to be issued, the judge can sign and issue the PPO. If the judge decides that one does not need to be issued, there is an appeal process through which the filing party may request that the PPO be issued. If a judge issues the PPO and the party against whom the PPO is issued objects to the PPO, there is also an appeal process through which the PPO can be revoked.
Q: How hard is it to obtain a PPO?
A: The answer to this question varies on a case-by-case basis. PPOs are frequently easier to obtain in certain counties than others. In order to ensure that you have your rights represented and your safety considered, I strongly recommend that you contact my office to assist your through this process.
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