Emancipated minors can now petition for a harassment restraining order on their own behalf when a court determines it is in the best interest of the minor.
A new law, effective May 23, 2022, gives them that right.
Previously, a petition for a harassment restraining order to protect a minor had to be brought by the minor’s parent, guardian or conservator.
To demonstrate emancipation and be eligible for a court-ordered restraining order, a minor would need to show a judge proof:
• of living separate and apart from parents;
• of managing their financial affairs; and
• that all parents who have a legal parent and child relationship with the minor have relinquished control and authority over the minor.
Rep. Athena Hollins (DFL-St. Paul) and Sen. Mark Johnson (R-East Grand Forks) sponsor the law.