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Getting an Order of Protection in Illinois During Covid-19

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Wheaton Order of Protection LawyerGovernor Pritzker’s shelter-in-place order does not mean that you have to shelter-in-place with an abuser. The safety of you and your children takes precedence.

Many Illinois courts (including Cook County, DuPage County, Will County and others) have shut down services and re-scheduled court dates months down the road for most cases due to the Covid-19 outbreak.  There are exceptions to the shut down, and one such exception is Orders of Protection.

The Illinois Domestic Violence Act governs orders of protection. If you or your children are being abused by a spouse or other family member, the Act gives you the right to go to court and ask a judge to issue a police-enforced order requiring your abuser to stay away from you, to stay away from your property, to leave a shared residence. You can ask a judge, by way of a written petition, to enter such a protective order on an emergency basis, without giving advance notice to the abuser.

Although the coronavirus pandemic has led the chief judges to close their courts to most matters, virtually all of them are still open for business to handle emergency matters. They are making sure they have judges on hand to hear petitions for orders of protection, despite the general closure orders.

The most important part of drafting a Petition for Order of Protection is making sure the allegations are clear in terms of the dates that all incidents occurred, and that the petition describes all incidents with the correct amount of relevant detail. When seeking an order of protection, the help of an attorney is crucial so that (a) you properly draft the petition with the most relevant facts laid out in a light most favorable to you, so your case will be properly presented in court, and (b) you have an experienced lawyer at your side at court representing your interests and advocating on your behalf. The attorneys and legal professionals at Anderson & Associates, PC have decades of experience in representing both petitioners and respondents in order of protection proceedings.

When abuse occurs, time is of the essence if you are considering getting an order of protection. The longer you wait to ask a judge for an order of protection, the less likely the judge will consider your situation to be an emergency, and the less likely your petition will be granted. Contact us today at 630-653-9400 to speak with one of our attorneys and discuss your options. 

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