Everything You Need to Know About Restraining Order in Illinois

File a Restraining Order Everything You Need to Know About Restraining Order in Illinois

Get a Restraining Order in Illinois Fast

Getting a restraining order in Illinois is a stressful and difficult time. Not only are you dealing with stalking, harassment, or abuse, but you're also tasked with navigating legalities and bureaucracy.

Figuring out how restraining orders work isn't always easy, especially on the internet. Regulations relating to restraining orders vary from state to state, and typing keywords about restraining orders into search engines can produce pages upon pages of results. Thankfully, DoNotPay has a product in place to help you get the process started fast.

What Is a Restraining Order and How Does It Work?

To get started, you'll first want some foundational knowledge about getting a restraining order in Illinois works. 

What Restraining Orders Are in General

Also known as "protection orders," restraining orders are legal protections issued by the courts. If you are granted a restraining order, that means the offender must keep a distance from you, your home, workplace, and school.

There are different types of restraining orders, including:

  • Civil No Contact Orders (for victims of sexual assault)
  • Stalking No Contact Orders
  • Orders of Protection for Adults with Disabilities
  • Firearms Restraining Orders
  • Domestic Violence Restraining Orders

These orders give victims increased rights and protection.

How Restraining Orders Work in Illinois 

To obtain a restraining order, you will need to follow the appropriate steps (see point below). Once you have done that, a court will rule in your case. While having a restraining order granted cannot ensure your safety, it does mean that you can call 911 and report a person who violates the terms of their order.

When the abuser does something that the court has ordered him/her not to do or fails to do something the court has ordered him/her to do, s/he may have violated the order. In most states, the victim can ask the police or the court, or both, depending on the violation, to enforce the order. (Women's Law)

In Illinois, it does not cost any money to file for a restraining order. However, know that if you choose to hire an attorney (which you may do if your case involves the custody of children), the attorney may charge you a fee for their services.

How to Obtain a Restraining Order in Illinois

To obtain a restraining order in Illinois, follow these steps:

  1. Decide whether you would like to request an Emergency Order of Protection or a Plenary Order of Protection.
  2. Fill out the right sets of paperwork.
  3. File the forms at the circuit clerk at the county courthouse where you live, where the abuser lived, or where the events happened (Note: Some county courthouses in Illinois allow you to e-file online).

A judge will then rule in your case. During the hearing, the judge may ask you questions about your situation. Any evidence you can provide (photos, eyewitness testimony, pictures/video/police reports) can be helpful. If you don't have much evidence (or even no evidence), don't let that deter you. Your life is valuable, and you should do everything you can to protect yourself.

Showing up at the hearing may feel nerve-wracking, but you shouldn't skip this step, no matter how nervous it makes you feel. Failure to attend the hearing could lead to the judge canceling your petition out of hand. And we don't want that.

File for a Restraining Order With the Help of DoNotPay

While Illinois restraining orders aren't impossible to get on your own, the process isn't the simplest one in the world. Fortunately, DoNotPay has created a Restraining Order Feature to help you get started quickly without having to spend hours trying to figure out your next steps.

While we can't create restraining orders for you, we can help you get the exact forms and documents you need, connecting you to the rules and authorities in Illinois. You are just a few clicks away from filing.

How to apply for a restraining order in Illinois with the help of DoNotPay:

  1. Search for relationship protection on DoNotPay.

     

  2. Answer a few easy questions on our File a Restraining Order product.

     

  3. Submit the form and you’re done!

     

And that's it! DoNotPay will compile for you the forms you need to fill out and give you detailed instructions on how to file for a restraining order in your jurisdiction. Stay safe.

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Navigating restraining orders can be stressful. You don't have to handle things on your own. DoNotPay is here to help you gather all the information you need and take the next step.

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