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Temporary Restraining Orders

What is a Temporary Restraining Order?

A temporary restraining order is a court order issued to prevent contact between (the Petitioner) the person requesting the order and against (the Respondent) the person who is to not have contact with the Petitioner.  There can only be one Petitioner and one Respondent per action.

If granted, the temporary restraining order is in effect until the time of an Injunction Hearing.

A restraining order referred to a juvenile (petition in juvenile court) means a respondent under 18 years of age.  The age of the petitioner does not dictate whether or not the restraining order will be a juvenile action, rather it is the age of the respondent.

Temporary Restraining Orders (TROs) take approximately 60 minutes to process. Please plan on arriving no later than 3:30 PM to ensure same-day issuance.

What types of Restraining Orders are available?

  • Harassment -Wisconsin Statute: 813.125
  • Domestic Abuse -Wisconsin Statute: 813.12 (all parties must be over 18 yrs. old)
  • Child Abuse -Wisconsin Statute: 813.122 (2 types)
  • Individual at Risk -Wisconsin Statute: 813.123
  • Juvenile Harassment -Wisconsin Statute: 48.25(6) and 813.125

Are there Restraining Order Fees?*

*All cases could have publication costs if no service can be obtained on the respondent. Please diligently fill in the Sheriff worksheet for service; this will save you time and money.  Click link to view Dane County Sheriffs Civil Process and Fees.

  • Harassment: could have a $164.50 filing fee plus service fees (Unless conduct prohibited by Wisconsin §940.32 or §813.12)
  • Cases involving juveniles will be assessed Guardian ad Litem fees to be paid by parents/guardians of the juvenile. ($150 per parent up to $300.00 maximum is possible)
  • Domestic Abuse: No filing fees (all parties must be over 18 yrs. old)
  • Child Abuse No filing fees. Cases involving juveniles will be assessed Guardian ad Litem fees to be paid by parents/guardians of the juvenile.($150)
  • Individual at Risk: No filing fees
  • Juvenile Harassment: Each juvenile involved will be assessed Guardian ad Litem fees to be paid by parents/guardians of the juvenile.($150 each)

What if I cannot afford the fees?

 See Fee Waiver section below

Restraining Order Court Forms

Review the types of restraining orders. In order to obtain a restraining order:

       Click link to view: Restraining Order Checklist

       Click link to view E-filing Restraining Order Checklist

       E-filing step-by-step link. https://www.wicourts.gov/services/public/selfhelp/restord.htm

       Click Go to Forms Assistant.

                             Or

       Choose which type of restraining order you need.

  1. Download all of the forms listed below the correct category.
  2. All forms must be compete and submitted to the court at time of filing.
  3. Required forms for E-filed and paper filed are not all the same . See checklist.
  4. Paper filing -Prepare to be at Clerk of Court’s Office at least 1 hour to process forms. The Clerk of Court’s Office closes promptly at 4:30 pm.  Arrival by 3:30 pm is preferred. If arrival is too late, you may have to come back the next day to finish the process.
  5. Follow all steps in the Checklist.
  6. Forms go to different agencies.  Each agency needs completed forms or your case may not progress and you may incur costs.
  7. Cases involving a juvenile will have GAL fees assessed.  See fees.
  8. If you need assistance with your forms please see Forms Assistance.
  9. VINE Protective Order Flyer (Provides notification to petitioner when the respondent is served.) Juvenile cases will not show up in Vine.

Types of Restraining Orders

Domestic Abuse*

*The Petitioner and Respondent must both be 18 years of age or older to qualify for a Domestic Abuse Restraining Order.

CV-402 Petition for Temporary Restraining Order and/or Petition and Motion for Injunction Hearing (Domestic Abuse)
 
Temporary Restraining Order Fact Sheet
 
CV-403 Temporary Restraining Order and Notice of Injunction Hearing (Domestic Abuse)
 
CV-502 Confidential Address Information
 
Civil Process Worksheet
(Sheriff's Office needs form completely filled out to assist with service of respondent.)
 
CV-801 Petitioner’s Statement of Inventory of Possession of Firearms Petitioner fill out (Optional)
 

 CV-800CV-432  and CV-804 Must print and include for Respondent:
      Information for Respondents Regarding the Surrender and Return of Firearms, Respondent’s Statement of Possession of Firearms and
      Notice of Firearm Possession Penalties.

Harassment (Against an Adult 18 yrs. or older)

CV-405 Petition for Temporary Restraining Order and/or Petition and Motion for Injunction Hearing (Harassment)
 
Temporary Restraining Order Fact Sheet
 
CV-406 Temporary Restraining Order and Notice of Injunction Hearing (Harassment)
 
CV-502 Confidential Address Information
 
Restraining Order Information Sheet for Guardian Ad Litem (GAL)
(This is only if a minor is a party on the case.)
 
Civil Process Worksheet
(Sheriff's Office needs form completely filled out to assist with service of respondent.)
 
CV-801 Petitioner’s Statement of Inventory of Possession of Firearms Petitioner fill out (Optional)
 

CV-800CV-432  and CV-804 Must print and include for Respondent:
      Information for Respondents Regarding the Surrender and Return of Firearms, Respondent’s Statement of Possession of Firearms and
      Notice of Firearm Possession Penalties.

Child Abuse (only used when the child victim is involved in a CHIPS (Children in Need of Protection or Services) action OR when respondent is a child (under 18 yrs. old).

JC-1690 Petition in Juvenile Court for Temporary Restraining Order and/or Petition and Motion for Injunction Hearing (Child Abuse)
 
Temporary Restraining Order Fact Sheet
 
JC-1691 Temporary Restraining Order and Notice of Injunction Hearing (Child Abuse) Only for paper filers.
 
CV-502 Confidential Address Information
 
Restraining Order Information Sheet for Guardian Ad Litem (GAL)
 
Civil Process Worksheet
(This document is filed with the Sheriff’s Office.)
 
GF-150 Uniform Child Custody Jurisdication and Enforcement Act Affidavit, UCCA (Uniform child custody affidavit)
This form should be filed in child abuse cases if the respondent is the parent or legal Guardian of the child, or has court-ordered visitation.
 
CV-801 Petitioner’s Statement of Inventory of Possession of Firearms Petitioner fill out (Optional)
 

CV-800CV-432  and CV-804 Must print and include for Respondent:
      Information for Respondents Regarding the Surrender and Return of Firearms, Respondent’s Statement of Possession of Firearms and
      Notice of Firearm Possession Penalties.

Child Abuse all other child abuse cases

Civil Process Worksheet
(Sheriff's Office needs form completely filled out to assist with service of respondent.)
 
GF-150 Uniform Child Custody Jurisdication and Enforcement Act Affidavit, UCCA (Uniform child custody affidavit)
This form should be filed in child abuse cases if the respondent is the parent or legal Guardian of the child, or has court-ordered visitation.
 
CV-801 Petitioner’s Statement of Inventory of Possession of Firearms Petitioner fill out (Optional)
 
CV-412 Petition for Temporary Restraining Order and/or Petition and Motion for Injunction Hearing (Child Abuse)
 
Temporary Restraining Order Fact Sheet
 
CV-413 Temporary Restraining Order and Notice of Injunction Hearing (Child Abuse). Only for paper filers.
 
CV-502 Confidential Address Information
 
Restraining Order Information Sheet for Guardian Ad Litem (GAL)
 

CV-800CV-432  and CV-804 Must print and include for Respondent:
      Information for Respondents Regarding the Surrender and Return of Firearms, Respondent’s Statement of Possession of Firearms and
      Notice of Firearm Possession Penalties.

Harassment (Respondent is a minor under 18 years of age)

JC-1693 Petition in Juvenile Court for Temporary Restraining Order and/or Petition and Motion for Injunction Hearing (Harassment)
 
Temporary Restraining Order Fact Sheet
 
CV-406 Temporary Restraining Order and Notice of Injunction Hearing (Harassment). Only paper filers.
 
CV-502 Confidential Address Information
 
Restraining Order Information Sheet for Guardian Ad Litem (GAL)
 
Civil Process Worksheet
(Sheriff's Office needs form completely filled out to assist with service of respondent.)
 
GF-150 Uniform Child Custody Jurisdication and Enforcement Act Affidavit, UCCA (Uniform child custody affidavit)
This form should be filed in child abuse cases if the respondent is the parent or legal Guardian of the child, or has court-ordered visitation.
 
CV-801 Petitioner’s Statement of Inventory of Possession of Firearms Petitioner fill out (Optional)
 

CV-800CV-432  and CV-804 Must print and include for Respondent:
      Information for Respondents Regarding the Surrender and Return of Firearms, Respondent’s Statement of Possession of Firearms and
      Notice of Firearm Possession Penalties.

Individual at Risk

CV-428 Petition for Temporary Restraining Order and/or Petition and Motion for Injunction Hearing (Individual at Risk)
 
Temporary Restraining Order Fact Sheet
 
Injunction Hearings Fact Sheet
 
CV-429 Temporary Restraining Order and Notice of Injunction Hearing (Individual at Risk). Only for paper filers.
 
CV-502 Confidential Address Information
 
Restraining Order Information Sheet for Guardian Ad Litem (GAL)
 
CV-801 Petitioner’s Statement of Inventory of Possession of Firearms Petitioner fill out (Optional)
 
Civil Process Worksheet
(Sheriff's Office needs form completely filled out to assist with service of respondent.)
 

CV-800CV-432  and CV-804 Must print and include for Respondent:
      Information for Respondents Regarding the Surrender and Return of Firearms, Respondent’s Statement of Possession of Firearms and
      Notice of Firearm Possession Penalties.

 

Fee Waiver Documents – Must paper file

Complete Form - Petition for Waiver Fees and Costs –Affidavit of Indigency and Order on Petition for Waiver of Fees and Costs Form No. CV-410A & CV-410B and submit in person at Dane County Clerk of Court’s Office ROOM 1000. Specify what fees you are wanting waived: GAL fees, Filing fees, Service Fees or Publication Fees. Your fee wavier will be reviewed and approved or denied based upon standard guidelines. A Judge may also order partial payment.  Forms are also available in the Law Library L1007.

Fee Waiver Instructions
 
 
PROCEDIMIENTO: Petición para una Dispensa de los Recargos/Costos, la Declaración Jurada de Indigencia
 
 
CV-410A Petition for Waiver of Fees and Costs - Affidavit of Indigency
 
Solicitud de Exencion de Costos y Honorarios Affidavit de Indigencia
 
CV-410B Order on Petition for Waiver of Fees and Costs
 
Orden de Solicitud de Exencion de Costos y Honorarios
 

Service Documents

Civil Process Worksheet (Sheriff's Office needs form completely filled out to assist with service of respondent.)
 
VINE Protective Order Flyer
(Provides notification to petitioner when the respondent is served.) Juvenile cases will not show up in Vine.
 
Instructions for Service by Publication for Harassment Restraining Orders
 
 
Instructions for Service by Publication for Domestic Abuse Restraining Orders
 
 
CV 408 Order Extending Time for Hearing
 
CV 417 Publication Notice-Domestic Abuse
 
CV 505 Publication Notice-Harassment
 
CV 506 Publication Affidavit of Mailing or Facsimile (Domestic Abuse and Harassment)
 

Additional Restraining Order Documents

Facts about Temporary Restraining Orders & Injunctions
 
Facts about Injunction Hearing /What to Bring
 
Surrender of Firearms Procedures when an Injunction is ordered
 
GF-126A Subpoena
 
GF-126B Certificate of Service
 
GF-183 Petition, Affidavit and Order concerning Removal of Address Information from Online Records
 

Forms Assistance

Domestic Violence Resources for Dane County
https://law.wisc.edu/eji/familycourt/dvresources.html

DAIS - Domestic Abuse Resourses for Dane County
2102 Fordem Ave
Madison, WI 53701
608-251-4445
Monday-Friday 8:30 -4:30
https://da.countyofdane.com/restraining_order.aspx
https://abuseintervention.org/help/legal-help/

 

VOCA Restraining Order Clinic
Law Library Dane County Court House
608-263-9574

https://law.wisc.edu/eji/voca/