A Restraining Order in Connecticut is designed to protect victims of domestic violence. Here’s an overview on how to file one:

1. File the Application (Restraining Order)

The person requesting the Restraining Order (Applicant) must file an Application (found online and at all Clerk’s Offices) along with an Affidavit. The Affidavit must set forth the specific reasons as to why the Applicant needs protection. For example, history of domestic violence, current threats and any other facts showing “immediate and present physical danger to the Applicant.” The circumstances in the Affidavit should not be exaggerated. If they are, the Applicant may lose credibility at a hearing before a judge.

Once filed, the Application and Affidavit will be presented to a judge who will:

  • Grant the restraining order on a temporary basis pending a court hearing within 14 days;
  • Schedule the matter for a hearing within 14 days but not grant the Application on a temporary basis; or
  • Deny the Application altogether.

2. Serve the Restraining Order

The Respondent must be properly served with all the filings and any other orders issued by a judge five days before the hearing date.

3. Attend the Hearing

At the hearing, the Applicant must show that he or she has been “subjected to a continuous threat of present physical pain or physical injury by another family member or household member.”

If a judge grants the restraining order, it can last no longer than one year. However, prior to the expiration of the order the Applicant may request that the order be extended.

In addition to orders designed for the Applicant’s protection, a judge has the authority to enter orders for the protection of the Applicant’s children and can change custody or limit visitation. A judge may also enter orders for the protection of any pet owned by the Applicant.


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