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June 26, 2020

Can a minor file for an order of protection?

Illinois law states that a person will not be denied an order of protection simply because s/he is a minor filing for an order without an adult.1 Sometimes a minor is able to get an order of protection without an adult. However, it may be more difficult to do so when the minor is filing against a parent or legal guardian. For instance, in Cook County, there is a court rule that states minors must have a parent or guardian filing on their behalf.2

1 750 ILCS 60/214(a)
2Circuit Court of Cook County website