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b2ap3_thumbnail_lombard-il-domestic-abuse-lawyer.jpgA new Illinois law will allow domestic violence victims to file for an order of protection online instead of requiring them to file in person. The law will also require any court that is located in a county that has a population of more than 250,000 residents to offer the option of remote hearings to obtain orders. The new law goes into effect January 1, 2023.

Domestic Violence in Illinois

According to national statistics from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 36 percent of women and 34 percent of men have suffered harm by an intimate partner at some point in their life. In Illinois, it is estimated that 42 percent of women (two million) and 26 percent of men (one million) have been domestic violence victims.

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DuPage Criminal Defense AttorneyIf you or a loved one has been threatened, stalked, or abused, you may be curious about orders of protection. Called restraining orders or protective orders in other states, an order of protection is a legal court order that prohibits the subject of the order from further abusing or harassing the victim.

Many domestic violence sufferers are aware of protection orders, but they do not understand how a protective order can actually benefit them. They may assume that the abuser will ignore the order and continue his or her harmful behavior. They may also worry that getting a protection order will only anger the abuser and worsen their situation. Read on to learn about how orders of protection work in Illinois and how seeking an order of protection can help you and your children escape an abusive situation.

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Lombard IL Legal Separation attorneyOne of the most challenging aspects of ending a marriage in Illinois is interpreting all of the legal jargon and terminology associated with divorce. When Illinois residents begin exploring their options for ending their marriage, one such term they may come across is “legal separation.” You may have questions like, “What does legal separation entail?” or “What is the difference between being separated and legally separated?” You may also be curious as to the potential benefits of seeking legal separation instead of divorce. Whatever your situation, an experienced family law attorney can help you explore your legal options and pursue the option that makes the most sense for you.

Legal Separation in Illinois

When a couple’s marriage breaks down, often, one of the spouses will move out of the marital home. The spouse may live with a friend or relative while the couple decides whether or not to formalize the split through a divorce. Living separately is not the same thing as being legally separated. When a couple pursues a legal separation in Illinois, they make important decisions about the allocation of parental responsibilities, formally called child custody, spousal support, child support, and the division of assets and debts. These decisions become legally binding court orders – just as they would during a divorce. However, the couple is still married.

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IL family lawyerIt is not uncommon for grandparents to play an active role in the lives of not only their children, but also their grandchildren. This can create complications, however, when relationships between a child’s parents sour, in which case, grandparents could find themselves barred from seeing their grandchildren. Recognizing that the grandparent-grandchild relationship can have significant repercussions on a child, Illinois courts are willing to address grandparent visitation during custody proceedings. These kinds of proceedings do, however, require familiarity with specific aspects of Illinois law, so if you are seeking visitation with your grandchild or believe that visitation would not be in your child’s best interests, it is important to speak with an experienced Lombard, IL grandparents’ rights attorney who can walk you through your legal options.

Grandparent Visitation

Parents have certain rights when it comes to their children. In most cases, courts are not allowed to interfere with these rights unless a child is being harmed. There are exceptions, however, to this general rule, in which case a court could be willing to step in and order visitation with a child’s grandparents. This is only an option when the grandparent in question is able to demonstrate that visitation is in a child’s best interests.

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IL Divorce lawyerEvery single year thousands of Illinoisans make the difficult decision to pursue a divorce. While many divorces can be amicably resolved, others can lead to erratic and aggressive behavior from a spouse. Tragically, domestic violence is alarmingly common when spouses are considering a divorce or experiencing marital issues. If your spouse begins to behave in a manner that makes you fear for the safety of yourself or your children, it may be time to obtain an order of protection.

Orders of Protection In Illinois

An order of protection is a court order that will restrict an abusive family member from making contact with a spouse, children, or other family members. It is important to note that your spouse does not have to be physically abusive in order for the court to justify a protective order. If your spouse is harassing or intimidating you or your children, it is time to speak with your attorney regarding the establishment of a protective order.

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