Child restraining orders, sometimes called Child Protection Orders, cover a very wide range of conduct and requirements, normally to include not coming within a certain distance of the child.  This is a court order issued by a judge to protect a child from abuse or from exposure to domestic violence.

If the child is under the age of 12, there must be a Guardian Ad Litem. Paperwork will need to be filed to obtain this title.

If the child is over the age of 12, the child can file the paperwork himself/herself or through a Guardian Ad Litem. A parent cannot sign the paperwork unless they are the Guardian Ad Litem. In this case, the child must appear at all court proceedings in person, unless they have a Guardian Ad Litem.