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 that 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. 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 2 years with a plenary order of protection.

Call Us 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 call us a 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.