Peace orders are a form of restraining order designed for individuals who do not share a familial or residential connection with the person initiating the order. This category includes friends, acquaintances, neighbors, or even complete strangers, regardless of their location, such as Montgomery Village or elsewhere. In legal terms, the individual seeking the order is referred to as the “petitioner,” while the person on whom the order is imposed is termed the “respondent.”
On the other hand, protective orders serve a similar purpose but are specifically intended for individuals who are either family members of, or cohabitants with, the petitioner. These orders are commonly applied in situations involving married couples or those engaged in various romantic relationships.