Applying for any kind of order of protection is never easy, and is usually preceded by months or years or terrifying emotional or physical abuse. But the state of Illinois takes the safety of its residents very seriously, particularly when they are children, and has several types of orders of protection available to those who need them.
One of these - a Plenary Order of Protection, or POP - is a long-standing order of protection that lasts much longer than an Emergency Order of Protection or “restraining order.” POPs do require a hearing, but because the hearing is evidence-based and requires the presence of both parties, it can grant victims greater protection.
How Can I File for a Plenary Order of Protection in Illinois?
In order to file for any order of protection, you must bring the appropriate paperwork to your local courthouse. This paperwork is available online and can be filled out in advance. Sometimes a clerk may be available to help you fill out forms, but not always....