In Connecticut, a Family Law judge hears Restraining Orders. Restraining Orders should not be confused with Protective Orders which are issued by a Criminal Court to protect crime victims.
Here is a summary of Restraining Orders in Connecticut Family Court:
1. People. You can only get a Restraining Order if you have a sufficiently close relationship or connection with the perpetrator. For example, a relative, a current or former romantic partner, or a person you lived with. You cannot get a Restraining Order on your nosy neighbor or your ex’s new flame.
2. Particulars. The Application must contain an Affidavit with specific examples of how you have been subjected to physical injury, stalking or threatening. Nuisance, simple name calling or idle threats don’t cut it.
3. Procedure. The Application is filed in the Clerk’s Office. A court date will be scheduled within 14 days to allow the other person (Respondent) a chance to present his or her case before a judge. You may be able to get a Restraining Order on the spot if a judge finds that you are in immediate, physical danger.
4. Protection. You can request that the Respondent stay away from your residence and/or not contact you in any manner including written communication. You can also request that the orders be extended to your minor children and/or your pets. Finally, if you have children with the Respondent, the family law judge may enter custody and visitation orders.
5. Police. If the Respondent breaks the Restraining Order, you should immediately call the police. Violation of a Restraining Order is a felony in Connecticut.