Michigan law allows anyone to petition for a Personal Protection Order (PPO). The person filing the petition (Petitioner) must explain how the subject of the petition (respondent’s) behavior: (1) serves no legitimate purpose or (2) meets the legal definition of harassment. Harassing behavior includes but is not limited to: stalking, cyberbullying, (sexual) assault, domestic violence, and threats of violence or intimidation. Typically, a PPO petition is granted or denied after a court hearing. However, if the judge believes the respondent’s conduct puts the Petitioner at risk of serious imminent harm, the petition may be granted ex-parte, without a hearing. PPOs can be complicated when the parties live together, have children together, or frequent the same establishments—schools, employment, etc… Click HERE to read more.