Accusations of domestic violence are double-edged swords. On the one side, many men, women and children are victims of unjustifiable acts of violence and deserve the highest degree of compassion and advocacy. On the other side, however, many individuals are falsely accused of abuse, assault or battery by vengeful ex-spouses or ex-partners who desire to gain custody of their children or achieve other ends.
At the Illinois law firm of Manassa, Neugebauer, Calzaretta & Stassen, P.C., our Barrington domestic violence lawyers provide strong, respectful and tenacious advocacy on behalf of both those seeking protection from domestic violence and those who are wrongfully charged with this offense. Protecting our clients' safety, along with their rights and reputations, is of paramount importance to us. We bring decades of experience to domestic violence matters and other divorce and family law issues.
The Illinois Domestic Violence Act
Physical abuse is not the only type of harm covered under the Illinois Domestic Violence Act. This act also covers neglect, intimidating a dependent, interfering with a person's liberty, harassment, stalking and more. In addition, the act is intended to protect more than just spouses and children. It can also apply to stepchildren, parents, ex-spouses and even former roommates.
Civil Orders Of Protection
A civil order of protection (sometimes called a restraining order) begins with an emergency ex parte order from the court that is valid for 21 days. At that point, a hearing is scheduled to either dismiss the order of protection or extend it for up to two years. Failing to contest a civil order of protection gives the court the right to enter a plenary order of protection against that individual, which will appear on his or her criminal background checks and negatively affect many aspects of his or her life.
Contact A Schaumburg Spousal Abuse Lawyer
In every domestic violence case, Manassa, Neugebauer, Calzaretta & Stassen, P.C., works diligently in defense of our clients' best interests, their well-being and the welfare of their children. To schedule a free initial consultation with our attorneys, call our Barrington or Crystal Lake office at 847-282-4051 or 847-221-5511, or contact us online.