It can be so easy for a simple argument to get taken out of context or turn into something you did not expect. A disagreement can quickly turn into charges and a complex legal situation.
Often, when there are domestic violence charges, an order for protection is not too far behind. While the request may not seem like a big issue at the moment, it can have a significant impact on your life.
Here’s what you should know about an order for protection and how it could affect you.
What does an order for protection mean for me?
An order for protection is designed to keep you and your partner separate to prevent future conflicts that could escalate. These orders typically start as temporary but can be extended depending on the circumstances. An order for protection could include limitations such as:
- Sharing a residence
- Restricting contact in public and private
- Prohibiting ownership of firearms
An order for protection can include many restrictions, so it is essential to make sure you understand the limits.
Changes in child custody
In addition to the other restrictions, an order for protection could impact when (and if) you have custody of your children. Family courts tend to take it seriously when there is a situation where someone asks for an order for protection against the children’s other parent. Like many states, Illinois family courts look at the best interest of the child and an incident that leaves someone asking for an order for protection raises questions.
Once an order for protection is in place (courts typically process these very quickly), child custody could change. Keep in mind that the change is likely not permanent. Depending on the circumstances, there could be options for alternate types of custody, like supervised visitation.
Violating an order for protection can have serious consequences. It is essential to talk to an experienced professional, so you know how long the order lasts and how it will impact you.