Domestic violence can occur between any people who have a familial relationship or share a household. Unfortunately, domestic violence is not uncommon in family law disputes especially divorce cases. In many cases, a restraining order or order of protection is necessary to protect the victim. At the law firm of Sullivan Taylor and Gumina. P.C., in Naperville, Illinois, our attorneys are experienced in handling cases involving domestic violence allegations. We make the safety of our clients our top priority and can assist in obtaining restraining orders and orders of protection when necessary.
Restraining Orders in Domestic Violence Cases
When you have been the victim of domestic violence or the threat of domestic violence, getting law enforcement involved as soon as possible is crucial to protecting your safety. When you believe that you are in immediate danger it is possible to obtain a temporary restraining order (TRO) against the person you fear by filing an affidavit at your local courthouse. In Illinois, actual violence does not have to occur in order to obtain an order of protection. Threatening behavior, stalking, intimidation and harassment are all grounds for a TRO.
After a TRO is issued, a date is set for a hearing at which testimony and other evidence is presented to determine if the restraining order or order of protection should be extended. Our attorneys will help you prepare for this hearing and help build a compelling case to keep the protection in place for you and your family.
Depending on the terms of the restraining order, the court can restrict someone from contacting you via phone, email, or letter, entering the shared family home, selling marital property, owning or possessing a firearm, and coming within a defined distance of you. A restraining order can also temporarily suspend parental responsibilities (child custody) and visitation or parenting time rights. If the terms of the restraining order are violated, it becomes a criminal matter, and the police can intercede on your behalf.
Our attorneys are skilled in working with clients involved in domestic violence situations. We assist clients in collecting and maintaining the necessary documentation to establish a pattern of abuse. We work closely with our clients to help build your case and protect your safety and the safety of your children. Additionally, our firm helps guide women towards the shelters and counseling programs they need to free themselves from domestic violence situations.
If you are being threatened or have been the victim of domestic violence, we can help. For more information regarding your legal options and what our attorneys can do to help you, contact the law firm of Sullivan Taylor & Gumina today.