Q: How easy is it for my girlfriends parents to get a protection order against me from seeing my GF (we are both 17)?
My girlfriend and I are both 17 in the State of Ohio. Her parents do not like me for various reasons, and the only way my girlfriend and I can communicate is at public school, and various ways we find to text each other. Her parents threaten that if we don't stop seeing/talking to each other, that they will get a protection order so we can't continue to be together. Can they do this? I thought protection orders were to keep dangerous people away, and they can't prove that I am dangerous, as my girlfriend would even vouch for our relationship in court if it were to escalate to that.
A: The threshold for a Protection Order is "imminent harm", and the Parents can file an Ex-Parte Order documenting the behavior. Regardless if the Ex-Parte is granted, a full hearing will be scheduled. The best recourse is to reflect as to why the parents disapprove of you....and perhaps adjust.
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