Orders of Protection in Chicago – Frequently Asked Questions
What do you need to know about seeking an order of protection in Chicago? Illinois residents unfortunately become victims of domestic violence more frequently than most of us would like to think. When such acts of violence happen to most Illinois residents, they feel helpless and scared. Where can you go to seek an order of protection? And, importantly, what is an order of protection under Illinois law?
The Illinois Domestic Violence Act (750 ILCS 60), also known as the Domestic Violence Act of 1986, governs the state’s laws related to domestic violence. Article II of the Act provides for orders of protection in situations of domestic violence. The Act defines domestic violence as a situation involving “any person who hits, chokes, kicks, threatens, harasses, or interferes with the personal liberty of another family member or household member.”
An order of protection is “a court order which restricts an abuser,” and it’s only available to family members (including ex-spouses), dating partners or household members. The latter part of this definition brings us to our next frequently asked question.
Orders of protection, as we mentioned, are limited to family, dating or household members who have been victims of abuse. Illinois law specifically defines family or household members as the following:
Depending on your specific situation, the order of protection can do many different things. First, it can prohibit certain behaviors, including but not limited to:
The order of protection can also require the abuser to do certain things, including but not limited to:
Orders of protection can also help the victims by doing some of the following:
Contact an Experienced Chicago area Family Law Attorney
No matter what the specific details of your situation might be, it’s extremely important to discuss your case with an experienced Chicago family law attorney. You should remember that domestic violence is taken very seriously in our state, and the dedicated attorneys at the law office of M. Scott Gordon & Associates can help you to seek protection from abuse.