Domestic abuse is a crime according to the Illinois Domestic Violence Act. If your partner has hit, choked, threatened, or harassed you, this violates domestic violence laws in Illinois. In this situation, you may need an order of protection to keep you safe from your partner or spouse.
Below are important details about Illinois orders of protection. If you have questions about this or another family law matter, Naperville orders of protection attorneys at Keller Legal Services can help you.
An order of protection is an order from the domestic court that can protect you from the actions of another. The family court may grant the orders of protection if you prove the following elements:
The following individuals can file an order of protection in Illinois:
An important limitation of filing the order of protection is that the petitioner has to be a family member or member of the respondent’s household. Note that family courts in Illinois have wide latitude in how they interpret what ‘family member’ means in the context of the law.
The domestic violence act in Illinois uses this definition for a family or household member:
Illinois family law judges have wide discretion to prohibit many types of behaviors. Some of them are:
There are three types of orders of protection to be aware of in Illinois:
A restraining order is a term that applies to civil court orders to force a person to do or not do an act. Restraining orders are often used in divorces instead of domestic violence cases. For instance, a judge may issue a restraining order to prevent a spouse from canceling a homeowner’s insurance policy.
On the other hand, the domestic court usually issued an order of protection to keep someone safe from domestic violence. If the subject of the order violates it, there are tougher penalties than for restraining orders.
If your partner or spouse violates an Illinois order of protection, there can be severe consequences. The initial violation of the order of protection is a class A misdemeanor. If convicted, the person could receive up to a year in jail. If there is another violation of the order of protection, it can be a class 4 felony, which can result in additional jail time.
While most protection orders are filed appropriately, partners may sometimes file an inappropriate order during divorce. It is illegal for your partner to file an order of protection against you. Talk to one of our orders of protection attorneys if this happens to you.
Domestic violence is a persistent problem in Illinois and across the country. If you fear being harmed or abused by your partner, obtaining an order of protection may be necessary. However, if you are in a divorce, it is possible your partner may unfairly use an order of protection against you. In either situation, a Naperville orders of protection attorney can help.
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