Restraining Order/Domestic Violence
Connecticut Domestic Violence Attorney
The Bridgeport law firm of Gans & Reynolds provides experienced representation to clients in matters involving domestic abuse and restraining orders. Our attorneys are compassionate and understanding of these sensitive situations. We offer informative advice to people filing restraining orders or those contesting a restraining order. Contact our family lawyers for a free consultation.
Restraining Order Court Process
Domestic violence law in Connecticut involves a specific procedure for requesting a restraining order against a spouse, significant other, former partner, or other individual in a close relationship.
- Filing a restraining order: The applicant must show there was fear of imminent bodily harm. This occurs at an ex parte hearing (a hearing without the presence of the alleged abuser) at which the judge will choose to grant or dismiss the restraining order. If the judge grants the order, there will be a temporary restraining order for a two week period.
- Two week hearing: If a temporary restraining order is granted, the other party will have an opportunity to contest the order at the two week hearing. This hearing strictly evaluates if the statutory guidelines have been met. Has there been physical danger? Has there been fear of bodily harm? Is this an ongoing problem? Should the individual be deprived of his/her home, children, or family? Are the parties credible?
- Restraining order granted: If a judge deems that imminent fear of bodily harm/domestic violence exists, the judge will grant a restraining order for the statutory period of six months. Connecticut laws do not permit restraining orders to exceed six months.
If you need assistance requesting a protection order or contesting a restraining order at the two week hearing, contact our domestic violence lawyers at Gans & Reynolds for a free initial consultation.