It is usually best to petition as soon as possible after the most recent abusive incident, preferably within 3 business days. The DuPage County Courthouse & the Family Shelter Service Court Advocate Office are open Monday through Friday. The best times to come are:
- Mornings, 8:00 – 10:00 (the judge leaves the bench at 11:30 a.m.)
- Afternoons, 1:30 – 2:00 (the judge leaves the bench at 3:30 p.m.)
Petitioning usually takes about 2-3 hours if there are no delays.