When cases involving domestic violence go before the courts in Illinois, the court conducts a hearing to determine whether the situation warrants a restraining order, and/or a child custody order, if applicable. Protective orders require the person who committed the domestic abuse to stay away from the victim. The court orders the abuser to stay away from the victim’s home, work and/or school.
Domestic violence affects many Illinois families, and when domestic violence occurs, action must be taken to protect the victims. Under the Illinois Domestic Violence Act, domestic violence or abuse can be:
Physical abuse can include the use of physical force, sexual abuse, repeated and purposeful sleep depravation of a victim. Harassment can include causing a scene at a victim’s work or school, repeatedly calling, texting, contacting, following or stalking a victim. Additionally, hiding a child from the victim or threatening a victim with physical force, restraint or confinement also constitutes harassment.
When you are the victim of domestic abuse seeking a protective order and/or a child custody order to keep you and your child safe is important. To obtain a protective order and/or a child custody order, the party seeking such orders must first file a petition for a protective order, which starts the domestic violence hearing process. The petition must be filed in accordance with state law in any one of the following:
However, if you wish to request an exclusive possession order of your home (i.e., an order that keeps your abuser away from a home you share), you must file the petition in the county where the home is located. A domestic violence lawyer can help you to prepare the petition and file the petition in the appropriate court.
In addition to preparing your petition and filing your petition with the court, someone must take the appropriate steps to build your case. Building your case may include collecting evidence of the domestic abuse and contacting potential witnesses who can support your story about the domestic abuse. In addition, if you suffered injuries at the hands of your abuser, documenting the extent and the scope of your injuries with photographs and medical reports is important. The court considers evidence such as photographs and medical reports as highly credible.
Domestic violence is serious and obtaining a protective or child custody order is important to establish safety for both you and your child. The professionals at the Women’s Divorce & Family Law Group work with numerous victims of domestic violence, and we can help you. Please call 312-445-8830 or click here to schedule a consultation.
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