but the law does not specify whether OFPs can be granted against minor abusers. Minnesota also allows people in dating relationships to seek OFPs against their abusers. 2 Procedure State law allows minors to petition for an OFP on their own behalf at age sixteen against a spouse/former spouse or co-parent, at the court's discretion. 3 Minors under the age of sixteen must have a family/household member or a guardian, among others, petition for an OFP on the minor’s behalf. 4 The law does not specify whether the parent or guardian of a minor petitioner must be notified when an OFP is issued. Definition of Abuse A judge may issue an OFP if the respondent has physically abused, threatened to physically abuse or sexually abused the petitioner. 5 The statute fails to explicitly recognize harassment and stalking as a form of abuse that qualifies for relief. The statute may recognize other forms of abuse not specifically listed here. Relief Available The court may order 6 the respondent to: stay away from the petitioner; vacate the petitioner's residence; provide petitioner exclusive use/possession of property; comply with a custody/visitation schedule; pay child support and spousal support; participate in a counseling or batterers ' intervention program; pay restitution for other harm; 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 for Protection is modifiable.
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