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The Temporary Protective Order  for Maryland will contain a date and time (seven days later) on which you and the Respondent must appear for an evidentiary hearing to determine if you qualify for a Final Protective Order.

In order to grant a Final Protective Order, the Court must find that you have met your burden by a “preponderance of the evidence.”

This is slightly higher than the “reasonable grounds” standard for granting  an Interim or Temporary Protective Order.

You are eligible for a Maryland  Protective Order if you and the alleged abuser:

  • Are current or former spouses
  • Have lived together in an intimate relationship for at least 90 days during the past year
  • Are related by blood, marriage, or adoption
  • Are in a parent-child, or stepparent-stepchild relationship and have resided together for at least 90 days during the past year
  • Are in a caretaker-vulnerable adult relationship
  • Are the parents of a child together
  • Have had a sexual relationship within 1 year before the filing of the petition

For purposes of a Domestic Violence “Protective Order,” Maryland law defines “Abuse” as the occurrence of one or more of the following acts:

  • Assault
  • An act that places a person in fear of imminent serious bodily harm
  • An act that causes serious bodily harm
  • Rape or sexual offense
  • Attempted rape or sexual offense
  • Stalking
  • False imprisonment, such as interference with freedom, physically keeping you from leaving your home or kidnapping you.