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What Constitutes an Order of Protection?

An order of protection is a legally binding court order to cease committing specific actions to another individual and to prohibit contact. An order of protection is synonymous with the term "restraining order." These are typically ordered when a family experiences domestic abuse, violence, or harm from a member of the family. Additionally, members of the household of the individual who suffered abuse are also likely candidates for an order of protection.

Types of Orders of Protection

  • Emergency order: With an emergency order of protection, the judge has a variety of ways to restrict abuse. This type of order will prevent further abuse (physical and emotional), stalking, and exploitation. You will also be protected at specific places such as your workplace, school, or any other specified location. Additionally, your children will not be able to be taken out of your state of residence by the abuser. The judge may even order that the abuser is not allowed on the premises of the abused. This is true even if the abuser leases or owns the residence. Depending on the circumstances of the case, the abuser may be prohibited from contacting you or your children in any way, including by making phone calls, sending texts or other online messages, or passing writting or verbal messages through other people. Also, the abuser will be required to surrender his or her firearms. An emergency order of protection typically lasts for 30 days.
  • Plenary order: If you have obtained an emergency order of protection, you may be able to extend it for an additional two years with a plenary order of protection.

Call Our Experienced Family Law Attorneys Today

The attorneys at Fay, Farrow & Associates, P.C. are very experienced with matters of family law. If you require an order of protection, we urge you to contact us as soon as possible. You can reach us at 630-961-0060 to seek protection. We do not charge for an initial consultation, so you have nothing to lose.

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