We Know When Orders Of Protection Can Help — And Hurt
Orders of protection, often called restraining orders, protect people from abuse within their family or household. This can consist of a spouse, someone you have lived with, a former partner, a boyfriend or girlfriend, your child’s other parent, or a caregiver to someone with disabilities.
If you need to file for an order of protection, or if an order of protection has been filed against you, contact our lawyers today. Because we focus on divorce, our litigators have the skill and experience to handle matters in courts throughout Cook, DuPage and Will counties in Illinois. Call us today for guidance you can trust through difficult family law matters.
Attorneys You Can Trust When You Need Protection
There are three types of orders of protection in Illinois. They include:
- An Emergency Order of Protection (EOP) — This protects the petitioner from the respondent for 14-21 days. To protect the petitioner, the respondent isn’t required to be informed about the hearing.
- A Plenary Order of Protection — This protects the petitioner from the respondent for up to two years and is only awarded after a hearing with a judge.
- An Interim Order of Protection — This protects the petitioner for up to 30 days and may be granted if attempts have been made to serve the respondent.
Filing a petition can be difficult and time-consuming. While you may not want to speak with another person about the alleged abuse that occurred, it’s important to seek the advice of a legal professional who can aid you in collecting and filing the correct documents. Our lawyers have decades of experience and can empathetically guide you through the process of legally protecting yourself and your children.
Your Advocates If You’ve Been Wrongly Accused
Unfortunately, orders of protection are sometimes used to create a certain perception of wrongdoing during or before divorce proceedings. If you’ve been accused of abuse by your spouse or your partner has tried to take out an order of protection against you, seek legal help immediately. You may be barred from access to your home and children, and attempts to contact your partner could be perceived as threatening by the court. An attorney can help you gather evidence to support your story and prevent the petition from affecting your divorce proceedings.