Legal Information: Connecticut

Restraining Orders

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Updated: 
October 6, 2018

Am I eligible to file for a restraining order?

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"1regardless 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;2 and
  • if you are age 60 years or older, a live-in caretaker in whose home you are living.3

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