What Is an Order of Protection And How Can I Obtain One?
Put simply, an order of protection is a court-ordered mandate that can keep one member of a family or household safe from the actions of another. Orders of protection are governed by the Illinois Domestic Violence Act and are enforced throughout the county (country? Just want to clarify). The attorneys at Caesar & Bender, LLP can help you navigate the process of obtaining an order of protection by ensuring that you know the following: which order of protection is best for your situation, all required information is included in your petition, and all necessary steps are being followed.
Is an Order Of Protection The Same Thing As A Restraining Order?
An order of protection is aimed at removing abuse. Orders of protection differ from other types of restraining orders because they are more readily enforced in every city, town, village, and other municipality throughout the United States. The court generally enforces other orders, while orders of protection also are enforced by law enforcement. The violation of an order of protection is a criminal offense in Illinois.
Can I File for An Order Of Protection?
Our family law attorneys have the necessary experience to ensure that clients in need are able to file for orders of protection when necessary, in order to protect his or her safety, as well as that of their children.
Generally, to request an order of protection in the Illinois court system, at least one of following three qualifications must be met:
- They themselves must have been abused by a family or household member;
- They must be filing on behalf of a minor who has been abused by a family or household member; and/or
- They must be filing on behalf of an adult with disabilities who has been abused by a family or household member
Serious and tragic circumstances exist when an order of protection is needed, many of which involve children. Be assured that we understand and are here to help.