Orders of Protection

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Orders of Protection Lawyers in Illinois

An Order of Protection is a written Court Order which lawfully prohibits abusive behavior. The Illinois Domestic Violence Act (IDVA) is a law that relates specifically to family and household members. Under the IDVA, a Circuit Court Judge can order and forbid a family or household member from continuous abusive behavior by granting an Order of Protection. Whether you are the person seeking an Order of Protection or the individual who is ordered to comply, it is extremely important to understand the severity and obligations of such an order.

The Order is protective by nature and usually requires that the alleged abuser stay away from the victim, ceasing all contact with him or her. The IDVA considers various behaviors as abusive including: 

  • Physical abuse
  • Harassment
  • Intimidation of a dependent
  • Interference with personal liberty
  • Willful deprivation
  • Exploitation
  • Stalking. 

These types of restraining orders are only put in place after a Judge deems it necessary. It is imperative to understand the Order and to comply with the restrictions outlined therein. Anyone found to be in violation of an Order of Protection will find him or herself in a legal position much worse than that which required the Order in the first place.

There are many different relationship scenarios that may require an order of protection, and each case is unique.

Who Can Get an Order of Protection?

Orders of Protection can be entered to protect people in the following relationships:

  • A spouse or partner
  • An ex-spouse or ex-partner
  • A significant other either dating or engaged
  • Parents
  • Children and stepchildren
  • Persons who share or allege to have a blood relationship through a child
  • Persons who live together or formerly lived together
  • Persons with disabilities and their personal assistants.

Orders of Protection are a serious matter. It is critical to understand the parameters of the Order, the relevant Court dates, and the consequences of violating an Order. Please contact us for a free consultation to understand your rights.

What to Expect

We are aware that situations requiring orders of protection are traumatic and distressing. Our team of experienced family lawyers is sensitive to your unique needs, and we’re here to help you every step of the way, ensuring that you are given the best possible legal guidance.

Our approachable and skilled legal team also assists with other family law matters: 

  • Divorce
  • Post-decree 
  • Prenuptial Agreements
  • Adoption
  • Estate Planning
  • Wills & Trusts
  • Guardianship

We are here for you and will continue to be available throughout the legal process to address your wishes and concerns.

We also offer free remote consultations and provide services from a distance if necessary.

You contact us here, email our office at info@sterkfamilylaw.com, or call 815-600-8950 and one of our team members will promptly assist you.

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