Green Bay, WI asked in Civil Litigation and Domestic Violence for Wisconsin

Q: my friend has a restraining order against her ex-boyfriend. she violated the order when he contacted her.

they have a child together and he keeps threatening to take her to court if she doesn't do what he says. is there anything that she can do?

1 Lawyer Answer
William F Sulton Esq.
William F Sulton Esq.
Answered
  • Milwaukee, WI
  • Licensed in Wisconsin

A: Your question is unclear. It sounds like a woman has a restraining order against a man. The restraining order prohibits the man from contacting the woman. The restraining order does not, however, prohibit the woman from contacting the man. As such, it follows that the man cannot "take her to court" for contacting him. If the man is threatening the woman--which I interpret to mean dissuading her from doing something--then the man has committed two crimes: (1) violating the restraining order and (2) intimidating a witness or complaining person.

In general, people with kids use a third-party intermediary. That seems like a good solution here.

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