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Access to Protection from Abuse Orders In Kansas, minors can obtain Protection from Abuse Orders (PFAs), 1



but the PFA statute does not specify whether PFAs can be granted against minor abusers. 2 Kansas also allows people in dating relationships to seek PFAs against their abusers. 3 Procedure The PFA statute does not specify whether minors can petition for PFAs on their own behalf. 4 A parent or adult residing with the minor may petition for a PFA on the minor’s behalf. 5 If a minor is able to file on their own behalf, Kansas law does not specify whether the parent or guardian of the minor will be notified about the PFA. Definition of Abuse A judge may issue a PFA if the respondent has physically abused, threatened to physically abuse or, if petitioner is under sixteen, sexually abused the petitioner. 6 The statute fails to explicitly recognize sexual abuse of petitioners over age sixteen, stalking and harassment* as qualifications for relief. The statute may recognize other forms of abuse not specifically listed here. Relief Available The court may order 7 the respondent to: vacate the petitioner's residence; provide petitioner exclusive use/possession of property; comply with a custody/visitation schedule; pay child support; pay spousal support; participate in a counseling or batterers ' intervention program; 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 Protection from Abuse Order is modifiable. 8 *Stalking and harassment may qualify for relief under the Protection from Stalking Act, which does not have any relationship requirements

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