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UPDATED September 19, 2017

Stalking No Contact Orders

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A stalking no contact order provides protection if you are a victim of stalking and do not qualify for a domestic violence order of protection.  If you would qualify for a domestic violence order of protection, that is the petition that you would file instead. 

Getting the order

back to topWho is eligible for a stalking no contact order?

You can file a stalking no contact order if you are a victim of stalking.  You can also file on behalf of a child under 18 years old; or an adult victim of stalking who cannot file on his/her own due to age, disability, health, or inaccessibility.*  However, stalking no contact orders are only available for people who do not qualify for a domestic violence order of protection.  If you would qualify for a domestic violence order of protection, that is the petition that you would file instead. 

* 740 ILCS 21/15

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back to topWhere can I file for a stalking no contact order?

You can file for a stalking no contact order in the circuit court in the county where you live, the county where the abuser lives, or the county where any of the acts of stalking occurred.*

* 740 ILCS 21/55

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back to topWhat are the steps for getting a stalking no contact order?

The steps for getting a stalking no contact order are similar to the steps involved with obtaining a domestic violence order of protection.  Be sure to tell the clerk you need the forms to file for a stalking no contact order.  See our IL Download Court Forms page for a list of forms that you might need.

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back to topCan a stalking no contact order be extended?

Yes.  The judge can extend your emergency or plenary stalking no contact order one or more times if you file a motion requesting the extension.  The abuser would be served with a copy of your motion and have the chance to object at a hearing.  However, if the abuser does not object, and you are asking the judge for an extension of the order (but you are not asking the judge to change any terms of the order), the judge can extend the order based on the reasons that you state in your motion without the need for you to testify at a hearing.*

* 740 ILCS 21/105(c)

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