Changes to Wisconsin’s Domestic Abuse Injunction Laws

There have been changes to Wisconsin Domestic Abuse Injunction statute, Wis. Stats. 813.12.  The changes include:

1.    The petitioner must provide information regarding other cases involving the parties.
2.    The parties may stipulate to the issuance of a harassment injunction instead of a domestic abuse injunction.
3.    The court must provide written information to the petitioner regarding service by the sheriff’s department.
4.    Either party has 30 days to file for a de novo review and the hearing must be held within 30 days of filing.

Changes have also been made to Wis. Stats. 813.125 Harassment Injunctions.  These changes include:

1.    The ability to publish a harassment injunction.
2.    A child, parent, step-parent or legal guardian of a child may be a petitioner.
3.    A guardian ad litem may be appointed for a child party.
4.    The petitioner must provide information regarding other cases involving the parties.
5.   The court must provide written information to the petitioner regarding service by the sheriff’s department.
6.    The court may not dismiss or deny a TRO or an injunction based on a pending action between the parties or an already existing no contact order or the need to verify the terms of an already existing no contact order.
7.    The court may order the sheriff to accompany the petitioner to place the petitioner in possession of his or her residence or serve the TRO or injunction.
8.    A confidential petition addendum is required.
9.    Either party has 30 days to file for a de novo review and the hearing must be held within 30 days of filing.