Domestic Violence Lawyers Serving Evanston and Oak Brook Illinois
Experienced Attorneys For Help with Restraining Orders and Orders of Protection in Chicago and Hinsdale
An Illinois order of protection may be issued as a legal barrier between two people, one of which feels intimidated or threatened in some way by the other or has suffered abuse or harassment from the other person. Orders of protection are most often issued during or just prior to filing of a divorce, a child custody dispute, or as a result of domestic battery issues. Unfortunately, orders of protection are sometimes abused by a party that is trying to gain the upper hand in a custody disagreement or during the division of assets or award of spousal support during a divorce. There are few ways for courts to know whether the person seeking the order of protection is being entirely truthful. Credibility of a witness, or lack thereof, can really make a difference in an order of protection hearing and it’s important that your attorney has experience in these trials to show the court a party’s true colors.
Orders of protection, more commonly known as restraining orders or TROs (temporary restraining orders), are meant to stop the person accused of violent behavior from coming into contact with the accuser or otherwise continuing their harassment. Whether you are the person requesting an order of protection or the person defending against allegations of abuse, it is important to speak to a knowledgeable Illinois family law attorney. At Weiss-Kunz & Oliver, LLC, we have the skills and experience to assist you when an order of protection is required or is in question. Our lawyers can analyze the specific facts of your case, representing your best interests in an Illinois court.
Ex Parte Emergency Orders
In an Illinois family law case, a protective order tells each party what they can and cannot do. One spouse, or party, can request that the court act on a protective order request without telling the other party, called an "ex parte" (on behalf of) order. This type of emergency protective order grants the plaintiff an urgent hearing to present to the judge their side of the case. Whether the reason is domestic violence or protection for your children, our experienced attorneys will convey that you and your family's safety is paramount. The judge will also grant a hearing for the defending spouse within 10 days to present their side of the story. In order to keep your protective order in place, the lawyers at Weiss-Kunz & Oliver, LLC will aggressive fight for your best interests and prove that illegal conduct by the defendant has occurred.
Defending Against an Order of Protection
If you feel you have been wrongfully accused of domestic violence or domestic abuse, and you are currently under an order of protection, the attorneys of Weiss-Kunz & Oliver, LLC will work to present relevant evidence on your behalf. We will also conduct a thorough cross-examination in order to show your innocence. We have a comprehensive knowledge of Illinois laws relating to restraining orders, no contact orders, no stalking orders, stay away orders, and all other orders of protection, and will use that knowledge to protect you.
Illinois Orders of Protection
An Illinois order of protection can prohibit an alleged abuser from making further contact in person, by phone, by e-mail, or any other means of communication with the protected party. The order of protection will prohibit the alleged abuser from returning to a home shared with an accuser, and may order the abuser to pay child support, attend counseling, and give up possession of a firearm.
For skilled, experienced representation regarding your restraining order or order of protection matter, contact Weiss-Kunz & Oliver, LLC. We assist clients throughout Chicago and the suburbs, including DuPage County, Lake County, and all surrounding areas.