Have you been served with an Order of Protection (OP), also known as a restraining order or no contact order? The Law Office of Paul M. Marriett can fully represent you in your Order of Protection case, whether it’s obtaining a restraining order, fighting for an extended plenary order, or fighting an Order of Protection levied against you.
Rockford attorney Paul M. Marriett has experience handling Order of Protection cases 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 petitioners in Chicago, we understand the ins and outs of the domestic violence act in Illinois.
The Law Office of Paul M. Marriett also has successfully defended plenary Orders of Protection from being entered against clients in Rockford and in Winnebago County.
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, which could include domestic violence, harassment, stalking, or sexual assault.
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 Illinois Domestic Violence Act defines the following terms as abuse:
- Physical abuse
- Intimidation of a dependent
- Interference with personal liberty
- Willful deprivation
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:
- Emergency Order of Protection: This order can be in effect for a 14- to 21-day period.
- Interim Order of Protection: This order can be effective for up to a period of 30 days.
- 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 also can expire by the occurrence of a specific event.
Who is Considered to Be Family or Household Members?
The IDVA defines family or household members as:
- A spouse
- Girlfriend/boyfriend who have or have had a dating or engagement relationship
- 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
Contact an Attorney Today
If you seek an Order of Protection against an abusive spouse, loved one or significant other, or wish to fight an OP, please contact our office at (815) 391-0089 to set an appointment, or contact us securely through our website. We are a northern Illinois-based law firm, handling Order of Protection cases in Rockford, Machesney Park, Loves Park and Winnebago County, as well as neighboring Illinois communities.