Am I eligible to file for a protective order?
You can seek legal protection from acts of domestic abuse committed by a "family or household member" or by someone with whom you have a dating relationship. Specifically, you can seek protection from any of the following people:
- A spouse or ex-spouse;
- A present spouse of an ex-spouse (e.g., your ex-husband’s new wife);
- Parents, grandparents, stepparents, adoptive parents, and foster parents;
- Children, grandchildren, stepchildren, adopted children, and foster children;
- Anyone related to you by blood or marriage;
- Anyone with whom you live/lived;
- Someone with whom you have a biological child in common;* or
- Someone you are dating or used to date.**
Note: Minors who are 16 or 17 years old can file for a protection order themselves. A minor who is under 16 years old must have an adult family or household member file on his/her behalf.*** A minor filing against an adult must file in a regular local court. Anyone filing against a minor (age 13 or older) must file in the local court that has jurisdiction (power) over juvenile matters.****
Note: If the abuser is not a "family or household member" as is defined above, you may be eligible for a stalking protection order. See Stalking Protective Orders for more information.
* 22 O.S. § 60.1(1),(4)
** 22 O.S. § 60.1(1),(5)
*** 22 O.S. § 60.2(A)
**** 22 O.S. § 60.2(A)(1)