Restraining Orders


What is a Restraining Order or Order of Protection?

According to the State of Wisconsin Department of Justice, "[a] restraining order is a court order that orders someone not to hurt you, to stay away from you, move out of the house, have no contact with you, or stop harassing you."

How Do You Get a Restraining Order?

You start the process by requesting papers for a temporary restraining order (TRO).  These papers are called the petition.  The person completing the petition is called the petitioner.  The person you file against is called the respondent.  Once you file a TRO petition, the court decides whether or not to issue a TRO based on the information you write in the petition.  If the court grants the TRO, the court will schedule a hearing for you to come back to court within 14 days.  This hearing is called an injunction hearing.  At that hearing you will ask the court to issue a final order of protection, which is called an injunction.  An injunction can be granted for up to 2 years for child abuse, and up to 4 years for domestic abuse, harassment, and individuals at risk.  The Court may require the appointment of an attorney (Guardian ad Litem) to represent the child’s interest when you request a child abuse restraining order.  It is unlikely that the court will require a financial deposit, but you may be required to pay the costs of the Guardian ad Litem (GAL) at the end of the case.

Click here to view the different types of Restraining Orders.

Click here to download Restraining Order Forms or click below if you know which type you need.

Child Abuse    
Petition for Temporary Restraining Order and/or
     Petition and Motion for Injunction Hearing (Civil Court)
PDF version Word version
Temporary Restraining Order and Notice of Injunction Hearing PDF version Word version
     
Domestic Abuse    
Petition for Temporary Restraining Order and/or
     Petition and Motion for Injunction Hearing (Civil Court)
PDF version Word version
Temporary Restraining Order and Notice of Injunction Hearing PDF version Word version
     
Harassment    
Petition for Temporary Restraining Order and/or
     Petition and Motion for Injunction Hearing (Civil Court)
PDF version Word version
Temporary Restraining Order and Notice of Injunction Hearing PDF version Word version
     
Individual at Risk    
Petition for Temporary Restraining Order and/or
     Petition and Motion for Injunction Hearing (Civil Court)
PDF version Word version
Temporary Restraining Order and Notice of Injunction Hearing PDF version Word version