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Signs That Domestic Abuse Could be an Issue in Your Divorce Case

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Divorce involves strong emotions and it can get particularly ugly if one partner wants revenge or experiences a loss of control. Even if your spouse has no previous history of domestic violence, they can become abusive during divorce proceedings or in the aftermath. The following highlights signs to watch out for and steps to take with the help of an Illinois divorce lawyer to ensure you are protected.

Domestic Violence During Your Divorce

According to annual crime reports issued by the Illinois State Police (ISP), nearly 120,000 cases of domestic abuse and violence are handled by the courts each year. In roughly 15% of these cases, the abuse occurs between spouses who are either living together or are at some point in the process of getting a divorce. Unfortunately, these are only actual reported cases in which charges were filed. Factoring in cases that go unreported to police, the actual numbers are likely to be significantly higher.

Even if this has never been an issue in your marriage, the strong emotions involved can make it a factor in divorce. In addition to violent behaviors, such as hitting, shoving, kicking, or sexual assault, there may be more subtle types of abuse that can be just as detrimental to your health and safety. These include:

Stalking behaviors, such as following you, hacking into your emails, or intercepting telephone calls;

  • Sexual harassment, such as making inappropriate comments and gestures;
  • Intimidation, often in the form of threats;
  • Damaging your property or threatening to harm pets;
  • Mental abuse, such as taunting, calling you names, or putting you down constantly.

Is Domestic Abuse a Problem in Your Divorce Case?

If you notice subtle signs of your former spouse becoming more angry, aggressive, or invasive of your privacy, it is important to alert the Women’s Divorce and Family Law Group immediately. These types of situations can quickly escalate, and you need to take steps now to protect yourself.

Depending on the situation, we may be able to assist you in obtaining a restraining order through the Cook County Courts, prohibiting your spouse from contacting you or appearing at your home, place of work, or in public areas. These orders may also provide you with spousal support and rights to the family home while requiring your spouse to seek treatment.

Our Chicago Divorce Lawyers Protect You

At the Women’s Divorce and Family Law Group, we act as a strong legal advocate on your side throughout your divorce case, making sure your rights are protected. Request a free consultation to find out how we can assist you and contact our Chicago divorce lawyers today.

There are many factors to consider when contemplating divorce, and a pre-divorce planning session can help you begin to plan for a divorce. Please contact the professionals at the Women’s Divorce & Family Law Group by calling (312) 585-6604 or clicking here to schedule a consultation.

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