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2021-2022 Regular Session

Emancipated youths can obtain restraining orders on their own behalf

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.


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HF2665* / SF3853 / CH82
House Chief Author: Hollins
Senate Chief Author: Johnson
Effective Dates: See chapter summary in the file link above.
* The legislative bill marked with an asterisk denotes the file submitted to the governor.