March 09, 2021
When dealing with a divorce, child custody and support issues, or other types of family court disputes, disagreements often extend beyond the courtroom. The other party may try and intimidate you through the use of texts. When these take a threatening tone, they could face criminal charges as a result.
Most of us carry our cellphones with us everywhere, allowing others to reach us via text at home, at work, when running errands, and while engaged in social or recreational pursuits. This can be a good thing but it can also be used as a form of harassment.
Threatening texts are common in divorce or other family court-related matters. They can result in criminal charges being filed against the sender. Under the Illinois Statutes (720 ILCS 5/26.5-3), harassment by text is against the law and occurs when a person uses their device for the following purposes:
When harassment via text occurs between spouses, domestic partners, children and parents, or other family members, it is considered a form of domestic abuse. It can also be a precursor to more serious offenses, including stalking, vandalism, and acts of physical violence. To protect yourself, Tech Safety recommends taking the following steps:
The Women’s Divorce and Family Law Group can help protect you against harassment and other types of domestic abuse. Reach out and contact our Chicago family law attorneys to request a consultation today.