Domestic Abuse – Minnesota Orders for Protection
If you think are in need of a Minnesota order for protection because you have been a victim of domestic abuse, you need to contact the police and/or a lawyer as soon as possible.
Get the help you need right away.
What is a Minnesota Order for Protection?
An order for protection or OFP is an order that a court enters as a result of a court proceeding where the court finds that the “respondent” has committed acts of domestic abuse. A respondent is the person who is alleged to have abused you, the “petitioner”.
A Minnesota court may do the following once it makes a finding that domestic abuse has occured:
- Restrain the abusing party from committing acts of domestic abuse;
- Exclude the abuser from the home – whether shared or not;
- Exclude the abuser from your place of work;
- Order the abuser to have no contact with you whatsoever;
- Exclude the abuser from a reasonable area (5 miles) from your residence;
- In addition, the court may also order:
- a continuation of insurance coverage
- custody of the children
- restrictions on the abuser’s contact with his legal children
- child support
- spousal maintenance
- personal property
- payment of casts related to the abuse
- the abuser to attend therapy and counseling
An OFP in Minnesota typically is granted for a period not to exceed two years, but a judge may issue the order for a longer period if appropriate. A violation of a protective order will result in criminal charges against the respondent. You should also be aware that the burden of proof is a “preponderance of evidence” in all civil proceedings.
If you have been a victim of domestic abuse and you need an OFP, please get help right away.