A restraining order is a court order that prohibits contact and/or certain behavior directed to the person needing protection. Restraining orders are different from bail or bond conditions, probation rules, or a 72-hour no contact as condition of arrest order. The following is information on how to obtain different types of Temporary Restraining Orders (TRO) that are effective until a court official grants more long term protection called an Injuction. You do NOT need an attorney--Wisconsin law allows you to seek a restraining order without a lawyer's help. Many people feel more comfortable hiring an attorney, especially if there are concurrent criminal or family law cases that stem from the abuse.
Civil Court and Juvenile Court hear requests for restraining orders. The court in which a restraining order is filed depends on whether the abuser (defendant) is a minor or an adult. There are different types of Restraining Orders as follows:
Additional Information regarding Restraining Orders:
NOTE: At this time restraining orders and/or injunctions cannot be electronically filed.