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law does not specify whether OPs can be granted against minor abusers. Arkansas also allows people in dating relationships to seek OPs against their abusers. 2 Procedure State law does not allow minors to petition for an OP on their own behalf. An adult family/household member, among others, must petition for the order on the minor’s behalf. 3 Arkansas law does not specify whether the parent or guardian of the minor will be notified about the OP. Definition of Abuse A judge may issue an OP if the respondent has physically abused, threatened to physically abuse or sexually abused the petitioner. The statute fails to explicitly recognize stalking and harassment as qualifications for relief. 4 The statute may recognize other forms of abuse not specifically listed here. Relief Available The court may order 5 the respondent to: stay away from the petitioner (including petitioner's school); vacate the petitioner's residence; comply with a custody/visitation schedule; pay child support; pay spousal support; pay attorneys ' fees; and/or other relief within the court's discretion. The statute may allow other forms of relief not specifically listed here and may cover individuals other than the petitioner. The Order of Protection is modifiable.

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