A personal protection order, or PPO, is an order issued by the Circuit Court. It may protect you from being hit, threatened, harassed or stalked by another person. The PPO may also stop someone from coming into your home or bothering you at work. It can stop them from buying a firearm or finding your address through school records. It can also stop them from taking your minor children unless required by the court.
The type of PPO a person applies for is determined by how you know the other person and not the behavior. Please review the following to determine which PPO is appropriate.
A Domestic PPO: Use this form if the person you want restrained is 18 years of age or older and:
if you are married to the person you want restrained; or
if you are not married to the person you want restrained but you live with or have lived with him or her and he or she is not your unemancipated minor child; or
if you and the person you want restrained have a child in common even if you were never married to one another or never lived together; or
if you and the person you want restrained have or had a dating relationship.
A Non-domestic stalking PPO if you want an order to restrain another person over the age of 18 and you do not have a domestic relationship to this person.
A Non-domestic sexual assault PPO if you want an order to restrain a person over the age of 18 from sexually assaulting you or threating to sexually assault you, you do not have a domestic relationship with this person, and that person has:
1) previously been convicted of a sexual assault against you; or
2) subjected you to, threatened you with, or placed you in a reasonable apprehension of sexual assault, or
3) previously been convicted of furnishing you, a minor, with obscene material; or
4) furnished you, a minor, with obscene material.
A Domestic or Non-domestic Stalking Minor PPO may not be issued if you and the person you want restrained have a parent/child relationship and you are an unemancipated minor.
A Non-domestic sexual assault PPO against a minor is an order to restrain a person under the age of 18 from sexually assaulting you or threatening to sexually assault you, you do not have a domestic relationship with this person, and that person:
1) is subject to an order of disposition or other adjudication based on a sexual assault against you; or
2) has subjected you to, threatened you with or placed you in a reasonable apprehension of sexual assault; or
3) is subject to an order of disposition or other adjudication based on furnishing you, a minor, with obscene material; or
4) has furnished you, a minor, with obscene material.
Use the above forms only if you want a Personal Protection Order against someone under 18 years of age. The age of the petitioner does not apply.
If the petitioner is a minor or a legally incapacitated individual, he or she must proceed through a next of friend who must be present with the petitioner for the process.
If there is no such parent/child relationship, however, a person under age 18 may be a party in a PPO action. A child under the age of 10 may not be a respondent in a PPO action.
Procedural Instructions for Personal Protection Orders
Instructions for Completing Page 1 "Petition for Personal Protection Order"
Personal Protection Order Office
Oakland County Courthouse
1200 North Telegraph Road
Pontiac, Michigan 48341
The PPO office is located in the Juvenile Intake area on the Ground Floor, East Wing of the courthouse.
Contact: PPO Office
Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding legal holidays (see Holiday Schedule) PPO information is available until 5:00 p.m. at Juvenile Intake.
Haven is available in the courthouse to assist victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. Their number is 248-858-0203 or 248-334-1274.