Tinley Park Domestic Abuse Attorney
If you are a victim of domestic abuse it is likely that you are concerned for your well-being. You may be worried that you are not able to leave your circumstances. You might be concerned about what your abuser will do. It is important to know that there are options available to you. One legal option is to petition the court for an Order for Protection (OFP), which is a type of restraining order. You might already know that court paperwork can be confusing without the help of a qualified attorney. Our compassionate and experienced legal professionals can help you bring on OFP, which may help protect you from your abuser.
At Joel C. Zimmerman & Associates, L.T.D., in Tinley Park and Chicago, Illinois, our lawyers provide legal advice and assistance to men and women who are in need of protection under the law. Whether it is a stand-alone case or one that is connected to your divorce, we are able to provide legal advice on a number of issues for concerned clients.
Contact us today to schedule an appointment: 708-336-4603 or 877-523-5993.
Who Can Apply for an Order for Protection?
Orders for Protection are used for family, relatives, or others who have or have had a relationship with the victim, and who may have interfered with the personal liberty, or may have stalked, harassed, intimidated, or threatened another family or household member. Some of the relationships that fall under this act include:
- Family related by blood
- Married individuals
- Formerly married individuals
- Individuals who share a common living space
- Individuals who were/are dating/engaged, or have had a relationship
What Can Our Law Firm Do for You?
Attorney Joel C. Zimmerman is cognizant of how domestic violence can further complicate your situation. Our law firm can help you with a petition for an ex parte order for protection. An ex parte petition is one where you request protection without the other party being notified or present. This means if your petition is granted, your spouse will hear about it for the first time upon being removed from the residence and informed of the terms of the order. If your petition is denied, your spouse may not know that you applied for the order. By using this approach you are able to stay safer and be better protected regardless of the outcome.
Consequences of Order for Protection
If an individual is granted an order for protection, there are a number of forms of relief available. Depending on the type of relief, the individual requests and the court orders, the individual may receive temporary possession of the house, temporary right to physical possession of mutual children or more control over visitation time. Our law firm will work with you to assist in pursuing the right options for your case.
Contact a Cook County Domestic Violence Attorney
Our experienced legal professionals are here to provide individuals with help in moving forward with life and finding protection from abuse. Contact us for a free initial consultation. We are accessible via e-mail or by calling 708-336-4603 or 877-523-5993.