Geneva, Illinois Domestic Violence and Orders of Protection Law Firm
Experienced Lawyers Providing Compassionate Representation in Kane County
Domestic violence is a serious crime, and the attorneys at Serrano Hanson take it seriously when helping clients pursue legal action against an abuser. We know that the cycle of domestic violence can be hard to break, and we offer a source of support for our clients as they seek help in this very challenging situation.
At Serrano Hanson, we believe that it is our job to be more than just your lawyer – we will support you and advocate for you when you need it. We are experienced in family law matters that may involve emotional situations like domestic violence, and we provide the legal guidance you need.
Domestic Violence: Myths vs. Reality
Domestic violence calls to mind certain images, but Illinois domestic violence laws are comprehensive, broad, and inclusive. Illinois domestic violence laws apply to more than just husbands and wives. Other parties protected under these statutes include:
- Any family member who is a blood relation;
- Married people as well as those who were formerly married;
- People who live together or use to live together;
- Individuals who have or are alleged to have a child together;
- People who are dating;
- People who are currently engaged or used to be engaged;
- Same-sex couples; and
- Disabled individuals and those who assist them.
Further, domestic violence is not always physical. Even if someone does not physically harm the other person, if they interfere with their personal liberty or threaten them, the aggressor can be charged with domestic violence.
Orders of Protection
Victims of domestic violence often seek an order of protection after their attacker has been arrested and/or charged with a crime. An order of protection is a legally binding order that restricts the actions of the abuser. Orders of protection can be very specific or broad, depending on what you request and what the court determines is appropriate. Some common issues that may be included in an order of protection are:
- Restricting the abuser from the residence;
- Require the abuser to stay away from the victim and others;
- Restrict the abuser from coming to the victim’s place of work or school;
- Address issues of custody and visitation; and
- Require an abuser to attend counseling.
When you discuss your specific situation with an attorney at Serrano Hanson, we will help you understand all of the available options and choose those which will help to keep you and your loved ones safe.
If you or someone you care about is in need of a domestic violence attorney or would like to file for an order of protection, contact us at 630-844-8781630-844-8781. The lawyers at Serrano Hanson provide representation to clients throughout, DeKalb, Kane, Kendall and DuPage Counties including South Elgin, St. Charles, Batavia, and Campton Hills.