In the state of Wisconsin, people can obtain court orders that keep other people away from them or that prohibit certain behaviors – they’re called restraining orders. There are four main types of restraining orders people can ask the courts to issue:
- Domestic abuse
- Individuals at risk
- Child abuse
When it comes to divorce, the two most common are for domestic abuse and harassment. Your spouse can absolutely ask the court to issue a restraining order against you, or you could get one against your spouse.
Domestic Abuse Restraining Orders
Your spouse can request a domestic abuse restraining order if you have intentionally caused pain, injury or illness, or if you have impaired his or her physical condition. Your spouse can also ask the court to issue one if you have sexually abused (or threatened to sexually abuse) him or her. And the same goes for you against your spouse.
Harassment Restraining Orders
As far as restraining orders go, harassment isn’t limited to stalking or repeatedly committing acts that intimidate or harass your spouse. They can also be issued for harassment if you threaten or engage in unwanted or violent physical contact, but typically, those fall under domestic abuse.
How Long Do Restraining Orders Last?
Domestic abuse restraining orders can be temporary, lasting for up to 14 days (and then extended for an additional 14 days, in some circumstances), or they can be official injunctions, which can last up to 4 years and be extended for 4 more years.
Harassment restraining orders are the same, with the injunction lasting just 4 years without an extension.
What If My Spouse Gets a Restraining Order Against Me?
You may want to talk to an attorney about the restraining order your spouse has gotten against you. Also, if you need to get a restraining order against your spouse, we can help you do that too. Call us at 414-383-6700 or get in touch with us online for a free case review. The sooner you call us, the sooner we can begin helping you, so don’t wait – get in touch with us today.