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What can a protective order in Illinois do?

Domestic violence is a serious issue in Waukegan. Young or old, married or in an unmarried relationship, those going through a divorce, with children or without, domestic violence has the capacity to affect many people in Illinois. Even if one isn't a victim of abuse, they may know of someone who is. It is important, then, to understand what remedies are available for victims of domestic violence.

If all the requirements are met, victims of domestic violence may seek a protective order. Under Illinois statutes, if a protective order is issued, it can accomplish a number of things. As many people may already know, a protective order can prohibit a person from harassing, abusing or stalking the person who sought the order. However, a protective order can do so much more.

For example, in some situations a protective order can state that the abuser cannot stay in the same home as the person who sought the order. In addition, in some situations the abuser must stay away from the person who sought the order and cannot enter that person's school, workplace or other named places. In addition, a protective order can require the abuser to attend counseling. Sometimes, if there is a child who is in danger due to the actions of the abuser, the parent seeking the order may be granted physical care of the child.

This is only a brief overview of what a protective order can do and, as is the case in so many other areas of law, there are exceptions. Still, a person in danger of domestic violence during divorce or in any other time of their lives should not hesitate to obtain a protective order; in some cases it is a life or death situation. Those who need help obtaining a protective order can turn to an attorney who can explain their rights, and help them take the appropriate actions to protect them.

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