Domestic violence can leave you in turmoil – not knowing where to turn for the help you need. The most important steps you can take to help protect yourself and your children in the face of such violence include taking prompt action and working closely with a dedicated Chicago domestic violence lawyer who has a good deal of experience helping clients like you obtain the legal protections they need to keep themselves safe moving forward.
Under the Illinois Domestic Violence Act, domestic abuse in any form is a crime, and the term domestic applies to a wide range of relationships, including:
Domestic abuse in the state falls into the following comprehensive classifications:
Domestic violence has a nasty habit of escalating quickly – especially when impairment is involved – which makes seeking the help you need as soon as you recognize there’s a problem the best path forward.
A seasoned domestic violence lawyer can help you obtain the order of protection you need to help you protect yourself and your children. Depending upon the situation, an order of protection can help in any combination of the following ways:
If the person who has been harming you or your children fails to abide by the constraints contained in the order of protection, he or she can face steep fines and jail time. Further, a second offense amounts to a felony, which comes with much harsher penalties and more considerable overall consequences. The sooner you reach out for the help you need, the better protected you and your family will be.
The formidable Chicago domestic violence lawyers at WARD FAMILY LAW, LLC, recognize the serious nature of cases involving domestic violence and dedicate their practice to doing everything within their legal power to help clients like you. We’re on your side and here to help, so please don’t delay contacting us for more information today.
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