As a marriage ends sometimes there is a threat of domestic violence and orders of protection may be needed both during and after the divorce. Divorce stirs up negative emotions, and anger and resentment often increase as communications break down and both parties focus on blame and finding fault. In an adversarial divorce, tempers can flare to the point where the threat of domestic violence is real and may continue even after the divorce is final.
The skilled and compassionate Illinois family-law attorneys at Wolfe & Stec, Ltd. understand the emotional aspects of divorce and the problems that can lead to domestic violence. We offer a free consultation to examine your individual situation and provide professional guidance to find solutions that can help protect both you and your children.
Domestic violence is a crime, and anyone can be a victim, regardless of race, age, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or economic status. Any person, including a divorcing ex-spouse, who hits, chokes, kicks, threatens, harasses, or interferes with the personal liberty of another family or household member has broken domestic violence laws.
It is important to understand what types of behaviors are part of a pattern of domestic violence so you can pursue getting a Protection Order if you fear for the safety of yourself, your children or other loved ones.
Illinois has a Domestic Violence Act (750 ILCS 60/), which defines domestic violence for the purpose of getting an order of protection as any of the following:
A person being abused by a divorcing or ex-spouse or other household member can get an Illinois order of protection to protect them, their children, and persons living in their home.
With an Order of Protection, a judge can order an abusive ex to:
To obtain an Order of Protection, you can:
In Illinois, an order of protection is issued by civil court. Petitions for an order of protection may be filed in any county where the victim or abuser lives, where the abuse occurred, or where the victim is temporarily located. Violating an order of protection is a Class A misdemeanor, with possible jail time of up to 364 days and a $25 fine. A second violation or a violation after conviction of a serious crime against a family or household member can be a felony, with jail time and a $100 fine
If criminal charges have been filed, the state prosecutor brings the case against the abuser. If the victim decides against pressing charges, the prosecutor might still continue to prosecute.
There are three types of orders:
There are times when divorcing spouses abuse the system by taking out protection orders when no abuse or violence has occurred. This can happen as spouses need to allege only that they feel threatened by their partner to have a judge issue an order. Men are much more likely to have a protection order taken out against them.
If you are involved in a domestic violence situation, either as a victim or as an accused abuser, you should seek legal counsel. The skilled family law and criminal defense lawyers at Wolfe & Stec, Ltd. believe each case is unique, with its own set of circumstances. We know the judges and the court system and will aggressively explore every avenue to make sure you are protected.
Divorce and family law issues always have the potential to stir up psychological problems and negative emotions. Fortunately, there is help available, and you may find comfort in knowing a lawyer is on your side. The seasoned attorneys at Wolfe & Stec handle all Illinois family law cases with sensitivity, respect, and discretion.
At Wolfe & Stec, Ltd., we made our reputation one client at a time, and we put every ounce of our ability into every case. There are no ready-made solutions in divorce and family law – every case needs to be considered on its own merit. Our lawyers take the time to delve deeply into the problem and to understand your goals and concerns. Then we develop a legal strategy designed to achieve those objectives.
Delaying can only complicate your situation and make matters worse. Call us today for your free consultation at 630-305-0222 or contact our team online. Our experienced and compassionate Illinois lawyers represent clients in DuPage County, Will County, Cook County, Naperville, Aurora, Wheaton, Downers Grove and Bolingbrook, Illinois and the entire Chicagoland area.
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