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How protective and peace orders differ in Maryland

On Behalf of | Nov 5, 2021 | protective orders

When someone you know begins making you feel unsafe or in danger, you may look to the state of Maryland for help. Issued by a judge, protective and peace orders set boundaries that prevent a particular person from committing certain acts against you.

According to the Maryland Courts, a peace or protective order may set boundaries that prevent a specific party from contacting you at home, work or school. It may also set other boundaries with regard to threats, harassment and so on. What determines whether you need a peace order or a protective order is your relationship with the party you file it against.

Protective orders

You may need to secure a protective order if the person threatening, harassing or otherwise endangering you is someone with whom you are either in a romantic relationship or someone with whom you share a romantic past. A protective order may also be appropriate if the party you wish to limit contact with is someone in your family, even if the relationship is not romantic in nature.

Peace orders

A peace order differs from a protective order in that it applies to individuals who are not romantic or familial contacts. For example, you may need a peace order if the person you plan to file it against is a neighbor, a coworker or someone else with whom you do not share a close personal relationship.

To apply for a protective or peace order, you must file a petition and then attend a scheduled temporary hearing. Once the other party is served, you will also have to attend a final hearing to determine if the order stays in place moving forward.