In a case that started where the parties met online, the Family Court decided the relationship lacked the intimacy needed to deserve an issuance of an order of protection, according to the May 30, 2012 edition of the New York Law Journal. The parties started off flirting on an online dating site but by the end of their relationship they merely shared a business association.

However, this decision does not mean that an Order of Protection cannot be used for a relationship that started off online.  An Order of Protection from the Family Court can be granted to “persons who are not related by consanguinity or affinity and who are or have been  an intimate relationship regardless of whether such persons have lived together for any time” according to Family Court Act §812.1 (e). Unfortunately for the petitioner she failed to meet the burden to show that she was in such a relationship to warrant such an Order. Although the parties met a few times, the terms of their meetings were only for business purposes, according to the respondent.

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