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Illinois orders of protection, Crystal Lake Family Law AttorneysRelationships sometimes take a turn for the worse when one spouse starts abusing the other. When there is abuse in the relationship, it is best for the couple to be separated, especially if there are children involved.

An abused spouse seeking a way to protect him or herself from domestic abuse can seek a civil order that would keep the abusive spouse away for a period of time.

Victims of domestic abuse can seek an order of protection by filing in civil court, asking for one as part of a divorce, or asking for one as part of a criminal case related to the abuse. Once an order of protection is granted, the protected person may call the police whenever the order of protection is violated. Despite the order's characterization as a civil order, there are criminal penalties for its violation.

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