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Family Law 84: Trial court must issue a PPO if it determines that there is reasonable cause.

Petitioner filed a petition for an ex parte PPO on July 13, 2020. In her petition, petitioner alleged that on July 12, 2020, she had a physical altercation with respondent where he attempted to prevent her from contacting anyone with her phone and took her to another room by her wrists. Petitioner stated that the police were called, and they sent a report of domestic assault to the prosecutor. Petitioner also alleged that respondent used intimidation and fear to get his way during their marriage, and once threatened to kill her if she called the police on him.

Ex Parte PPO

The trial court issued an ex parte PPO for petitioner against respondent

Respondent subsequently filed a motion to terminate this PPO, denying petitioner’s allegations and asserting that her petition was premised on a lie regarding the facts of the July 12, 2020 altercation. Respondent attached the relevant police report, which showed that the reporting police officer sought a charge of domestic assault against petitioner and forwarded that information to the prosecutor’s office. The report indicated that the police officer spoke with petitioner, and petitioner admitted to punching respondent in the face to regain control of her phone.

Petitioner opposed respondent’s motion to terminate. Petitioner alleged that respondent had a long history of abusive behavior, including a domestic violence conviction against an ex-girlfriend and the perpetration of threats and violence against petitioner. The trial court denied respondent’s motion to terminate the PPO.

Cause for Issuance of PPO

Pursuant to MCL 600.2950(4), the trial court must issue a PPO if it determines that there is reasonable cause to believe that the individual to be restrained or enjoined may commit 1 or more of a specified list of acts.

(a) Entering onto premises.

(b) Assaulting, attacking, beating, molesting, or wounding a named individual.

(c) Threatening to kill or physically injure a named individual.

 Any other specific act or conduct that imposes upon or interferes with personal liberty or that causes a reasonable apprehension of violence.

The petitioner bears the burden of establishing reasonable cause for issuance of a PPO, and of establishing a justification for the continuance of a PPO at a hearing on the respondent’s motion to terminate the PPO.

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