WomensLaw is not just for women. We serve and support all survivors, no matter their sex or gender.

Legal Information: Wisconsin

Restraining Orders

View all
July 16, 2020

Can a child abuse restraining order be extended?

Yes.  A judge can extend the order  based on your statement that the extension is necessary to protect the child victim. The order can only be extended for for up to 2 years or until the child attains 18 years of age, whichever occurs first.1   The judge can extend the order in this way without giving prior notice to the respondent.2 

However, there is a possibility that the injunction can be extended for up to 5 years if you can prove there is a substantial risk that the respondent may commit any of these crimes against the child victim: first-degree intentional homicidesecond-degree intentional homicidesexual assault or sexual assault of a child (sections (1) or (2)).3  

1 Wis. Stat. § 813.122(5)(d)(3)
2 Wis. Stat. § 813.122(5)(d)(4) 
3 Wis. Stat. § 813.122(5)(dm)(1)