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Can I Get an Order of Protection Against My Ex to Protect My Child in Illinois?

Posted on in Family Law

b2ap3_thumbnail_shutterstock_356898968.jpgWith divorce cases, orders of protection are not uncommon. Unfortunately, domestic violence and other circumstances that place people’s safety in jeopardy may be a key factor in someone’s desire to file for divorce as it is. 

While getting a divorce is an excellent first step in distancing yourself from a partner who places you or your children in harm’s way, the divorce process can sometimes take a long time. For people who need protection sooner than later, there are options, known as protection orders, that can keep children out of their partner’s reach before the divorce is finalized. 

Who Can Obtain an Order of Protection?

In Illinois, there are five situations in which someone may be eligible for an order of protection. In order to obtain an order of protection in Illinois, one of the following details must be true: 

  • You are facing neglect, exploitation, or abuse at the hands of someone in your household or in your family. 

  • You are a high-risk adult who has a disability and faces either neglect, exploitation, or abuse at the hands of someone in your household or your family.

  • You are a minor who is cared for by someone who is being abused, neglected, or exploited at home. 

  • You reside in public housing or local shelters while taking care of someone who is abused, neglected, or exploited. 

  • You are being mistreated by the family members or people in the household of a child to whom you are the foster parent, guardian, adoptive parent, or in the process of becoming the adoptive parent of a child.

All of this is to say that you may be able to file an order of protection for your child, keeping them out of your partner’s reach. The best way to go about filing an order of protection on your child’s behalf is by hiring an experienced family law attorney as soon as possible.

Contact a McHenry County Divorce Attorney Today

At Botto Gilbert Lancaster, PC, we have more than three decades' worth of experience handling family matters in the state of Illinois. Our law firm is composed of Crystal Lake divorce lawyers who know who prioritize results through an approach centered around aggressive advocacy. 

We do not take family matters lightly, and we focus on obtaining the best outcome possible while working to reduce your stress levels during the process. Instead of trying to navigate the process of obtaining protective orders for your child on your own, call 815-338-3838 today to schedule your free consultation with legal professionals you can trust.



Source: 

https://www.ilga.gov/legislation/ilcs/ilcs5.asp?ActID=2100

 

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