Order of Protection Information from Rockford, Illinois Attorney Marriett Legal

ave you been served with an order of protection, OP, stalking or no contact order? Do you need to speak to a lawyer? If so, Rockford attorney Paul Marriett of Marriett Legal has experience handling OP cases both in Chicago at the Cook County Domestic Violence Legal Clinic and in private practice in the Rockford area.

After a continuous six month period obtaining Orders of Protection for Petitioner’s in Chicago, Marriett Legal knows the ins and outs of the domestic violence act in Illinois. For the potential client looking for an attorney, this means not only can I fully represent you in obtaining an Order of Protection or OP and fighting for it to be extended on a plenary order for two years, I also know how to adequately undermine a petition if you wish to retain my office to fight an OP that has been placed against you.

Recently, I have successfully defended plenary Orders of Protection from being entered against clients in Rockford and in Winnebago County. I also serve clients in Machesney Park, Loves Park, Roscoe, Rockton, and all neighboring communities.

If you seek an order of protection against an abusive spouse, loved one or significant other, or wish to fight an OP, please contact please contact our office at (815) 391-0089 to set an appointment, or contact us securely through our website. We are a Rockford, Illinois, based law firm, handling order of protection cases in Rockford, Machesney Park, Loves Park and Winnebago County, as well as neighboring Illinois counties.

FAQs Regarding Orders of Protection

What is an Order of Protection?

An Order of Protection is a court order made in writing which prohibits, by law, further abusive behavior.

What is domestic violence?

Domestic violence is described as abusive behavior when a family or household member uses physical or mental maltreatment toward another family or household member. The IDVA uses the following terms as abuse:

  1. Physical abuse
  2. Harassment
  3. Intimidation of a dependent
  4. Interference with personal liberty
  5. Willful deprivation
  6. Exploitation
  7. Stalking

What is the Illinois Domestic Violence Act?

The Illinois Domestic Violence Act ("IDVA") Is a law that relates specifically to family and house-hold members. Under IDVA, a circuit court judge can order and forbid a family or household member from continuous abusive behavior by granting an Order of Protection.

How long does an Order of Protection last?

Your attorney or court advocate can best answer this question for you. There are three types of Orders of Protection. Each type may be granted for a specific length of time.

  1. Emergency Order of Protection: This order can be in effect for a 14 to 21 day period.
  2. Interim Order of Protection: This order can be effective for up to a period of 30 days.
  3. Plenary Order of Protection: This order can be in effect for a fixed period of time, not to exceed two years, unless otherwise provided for by the court. This order can also expire by the occurrence of a specific event.

Who are persons considered to be family or household members?

The IDVA defines members to include:

  • A spouse
  • Ex-spouse
  • Girlfriend/boyfriend who have or have had a dating or engagement relationship
  • Parents
  • Children
  • Stepchildren
  • Significant other/partner
  • Persons who share or allege to have a blood relationship through a child
  • Persons who live together or formerly lived together
  • Persons with disabilities and their personal assistants

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