Orland Park Attorneys Assist Clients with Orders of Protection

Court representation at hearings involving alleged domestic violence

The Illinois Domestic Violence Act (IDVA) aims to reduce incidents of domestic abuse throughout the state. One legal tool that the IDVA gives citizens is an order of protection, which can force the abuser out of the house, prohibit the person from contacting individuals who have been targets of abuse, and much more. Attorneys at The Palmisano Law Group have vast experience with orders of protection proceedings. We represent clients who have a reasonable fear of violence and seek restraining orders, as well as clients who are unfairly accused of abuse during contentious divorce proceedings. Whether you are a petitioner or a respondent, you can expect your attorney from The Palmisano Law Group to appear at your court hearing ready to argue passionately and persuasively on your behalf.

Behavior prohibited by the Illinois Domestic Violence Act

Domestic violence orders of protection are available to people who share a residence or are intimately involved with an alleged abuser. To file, the petitioner must be a person eligible for protection under the IDVA, meaning:

  • A spouse
  • Ex-spouse
  • Persons who have had a dating relationship
  • Parents
  • Children
  • Stepchildren
  • Persons who share a child
  • Persons who live together or formerly lived together
  • Persons with disabilities and their personal assistants

The types of behavior the IDVA protects against include:

  • Physical abuse
  • Harassment
  • Intimidation of a dependent
  • Interference with personal liberty
  • Willful deprivation
  • Exploitation
  • Stalking

The court usually issues a temporary order based on the testimony of the alleged victim. At the hearing for the permanent order, the person to be restrained has the opportunity to respond to the allegations. If the court finds the allegations credible, the abuser will be restrained. In family situations, this often motivates the abuser to seek help for an anger management or substance abuse problem. However, frequently, especially during an acrimonious divorce, the allegations are not credible, but were simply a stunt to undermine a spouse’s case for child custody.

Contact the right law firm for domestic violence orders of protection in Orland Park

Whether you are the petitioner or the respondent, The Palmisano Law Group manages your court hearing capably with the utmost professionalism. If you have a volatile domestic situation, take advantage of our free 60-minute initial consultation. Call us today at 708-966-4311 or contact us online to speak with a qualified and concerned family law attorney.