Domestic Abuse

If you are a victim of domestic abuse it is likely that you are concerned for your well-being or the well-being of your children. You may also be worried that you are not able to leave your circumstances. You might also be concerned about what your abuser might do. It is important to know that there are options available to you. One option is to petition the court for an Order for Protection (OFP). You might already know that court paperwork can be confusing without the help of a qualified attorney as well as the evidence required to obtain or extend an OFP. Our compassionate and experienced legal professionals can help you bring on OFP, which may help protect you from your abuser.

At Joel C. Zimmerman & Associates, L.T.D., in Tinley Park and Chicago, Illinois, we provide legal advice and assistance to men and women who are in need of protection under the law. Whether it is a stand-alone case or one that is connected to your divorce or paternity case, we are able to provide legal advice on a number of issues for concerned clients.

Who Can Apply for an Order for Protection?

Orders for Protection are used for family, relatives, or others who have or have had a relationship with the victim, and who may have interfered with the personal liberty, or may have stalked, harassed, intimidated, or threatened another family or household member.

Some of the relationships that fall under this act include:

  • Family related by blood.
  • Married individuals.
  • Married or separated individuals.
  • People who share a common living space.
  • Men/women who were/are dating/engaged, have or have had a relationship.

What Can Our Law Firm Do for You?

Attorney Joel C. Zimmerman is cognizant of how domestic violence can further complicate your situation. Our law firm can help you with a petition for an ex parte order for protection. An ex parte petition is one where you request protection without the other party being notified or present. This means if your petition is granted, your spouse will hear about it for the first time upon being removed from the residence and informed of the terms of the order. If your petition is denied, your spouse may not know that you applied for the order. By using this approach you are able to stay safer and be better protected regardless of the outcome.

Consequences of Order for Protection

If an individual is granted an order for protection, there are a number of forms of relief available. Depending on the type of relief,the individual requests and the court orders, the individual may receive temporary possession of the house, temporary right to physical possession of children or of the parenting supervision, visitation, or other relief. Our law firm will work with you to assist in pursuing your rights and the best options for your case.




About Joel C. Zimmerman

Founded in 1987, Joel C. Zimmerman & Associates, L.T.D., is located in Tinley Park and Chicago, IL. Our practice provides quality legal services at affordable rates for clients in family law, real estate contract and real estate litigation, as well as personal injury matters. Joel C. Zimmerman, graduated college in 1979 from Indiana University and law school in 1982 from Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago-Kent College of Law. Learn More

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