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Family law: Domestic violence victims can get protection

Resources are available to help victims of domestic violence in Illinois obtain protection. Protective orders and restraining orders could be obtained under criminal or family law, and they could apply to a variety of situations. Protection can be dealt with as part of a divorce or following an arrest for domestic violence. Emergency Protection Orders typically follow an arrest, and they are valid for a restricted period. However, upon request EPOs can be modified to remain effective for more extended periods.

Protection orders typically remain applicable for periods from 12 months to five years. The abused party must file legal documents with the court to obtain such an order, and present motivating evidence to justify the need for protection. The order must then be served on the person to whom it applies. A protection order could be renewed for another period if this is arranged before its expiration date.

A restraining order is another type of protection that often forms part of divorce proceedings. They are issued to specify restrictions related to what particular parties may or may not do. This form of protection typically applies only for the duration of the civil case. However, more permanent protection orders can be obtained afterward.

Anyone in Illinois who has questions about the options for protection against domestic violence can consult with an experienced family law attorney. A lawyer can provide answers and explain the legal rights of the client. After assessing the circumstances, the attorney can explain the available options and suggest the most appropriate and safest way to proceed.

Source: FindLaw, "When Is It Too Late to Request a Restraining Order?", Christopher Coble, May 15, 2018

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