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Know the Laws: Connecticut

UPDATED January 10, 2017

Restraining Orders (Relief from Abuse Orders)

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A restraining order (also known as a relief from abuse order) is a civil order that protects you from abuse by a current or former family or household member.  

Who can get a restraining order

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You can file for a restraining order if you have been subjected to domestic violence, as defined by law, by any of the following people, known as "family or household members"* regardless of the ages of you and the abuser:

  • your spouse or former spouse (including a civil-union spouse);
  • someone you have a child in common with;
  • your parent; 
  • your child;
  • someone you are dating or have recently dated;
  • someone you are related to you by blood or marriage;
  • someone who you currently live with or used to live with;** and
  • if you are age 60 years or older, a live-in caretaker in whose home you are living.***

* C.G.S. § 46b-15(a)
** C.G.S. § 46b-38a(2)
*** See Application for Relief from Abuse

 

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back to topCan I get a restraining order against a same-sex partner?

In Connecticut, you may apply for a restraining order against a current or former same-sex partner as long as the relationship meets the requirements listed in Am I eligible to file for a restraining order?  You must also be the victim of an act of domestic violence, which is explained here What is the legal definition of domestic violence in Connecticut?

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back to topHow much does it cost? Do I need a lawyer?

Nothing. There is no cost to file for a restraining order.

You do not need a lawyer to file for a restraining order.  However, you may wish to have a lawyer, especially if the abuser has a lawyer. If you can, contact a lawyer to make sure that your legal rights are protected.  If you cannot afford a lawyer but want one to help you with your case, you can find information on legal assistance on the CT Finding a Lawyer page. 

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