DuPage County Order of Protection Attorneys
Skilled and Compassionate Domestic Violence Protection Lawyers in Lombard, St. Charles, and Joliet
Domestic violence is more prevalent than many realize. Unfortunately, domestic abuse cases often go unreported for fear of retribution or uncertainty about the future after the abuser is removed. If you or your loved ones are in an abusive situation, you have the right to seek an order of protection to help put a stop to it. If you have been falsely accused of domestic abuse, you have the right to present your case before the court. In either case, it is important to have an experienced order of protection lawyer aggressively advocating for your interests.
At Mevorah Law Offices LLC, we understand the urgency of taking strong action in the face of domestic violence. For over 35 years, our award-winning family law attorneys have provided skilled representation to clients in need of or defending a protection order. Our lawyers have extensive experience with divorce and family law matters. We are compassionate and approachable with an unwavering commitment to serving the needs of our clients. When our clients are victims of domestic abuse or falsely accused of the same, we take immediate action to help stabilize the situation.
Orders of Protection in Illinois
Orders of protection are used to help put an end to domestic violence or abuse. According to the Illinois Domestic Violence Act, domestic abuse includes one or more of the following:
- Physical harm;
- Willful deprivation;
- Exploitation; and
- Interference with personal autonomy.
These acts may occur between spouses, parents and children, divorced couples, dating or co-habitating couples, couples that have a child together, siblings and other family members, caregivers and elderly or disabled patients, and others who have lived in the same household.
Orders of protection can provide a wide range of relief options depending on the circumstances. These may include:
- Prohibiting the abuser from making any further contact with the victim by phone, text, email, in person, or by any other means;
- Barring the abuser from entering a shared residence;
- Awarding temporary custody of minor children to the protected party;
- Ordering the payment of back child support;
- Ordering the abuser to pay damages for losses incurred as a result of the abuse;
- Ordering the abuser to surrender their firearms to local law enforcement; and
- Ordering the abuser to attend counseling.
Emergency orders of protection can often be obtained the same day from the court and do not require the accused to be present. Emergency orders typically remain in effect for up to 21 days. Interim orders can be issued without a full court hearing, but the accused must have at least been notified of the date of a court hearing and allowed to appear. Interim orders remain in effect for up to 30 days. Plenary orders last for up to two years and are only issued after a full hearing in which both sides are allowed to present evidence.
Experienced Illinois Order of Protection Attorneys
If you or someone close to you has been the victim of domestic violence or abuse, there is no need to continue living in fear. An order of protection can give you the relief necessary to resume a normal life. If you have been falsely accused and served with a restraining order, it is important to act immediately to present your side to the court. The lawyers at Mevorah Law Offices LLC offer experienced guidance for clients in domestic abuse situations. We are honest and down to earth, and we fight hard to protect your rights. We also keep extended evening and weekend hours for your convenience. For immediate help with orders of protection in Illinois, contact us today at 630-932-9100630-932-9100 for a free consultation. We serve DuPage County, Will County and Kane County, Illinois.