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Legal Assistance Can Be Crucial for Divorcing Domestic Violence Victims

Domestic violence can impact people from any social class, gender, race, or income level. It can also complicate divorces far beyond that of debt and asset distribution, the allocation of parental responsibilities, and child support or alimony determination. It can place the lives of victims and their children in danger. For this reason, it is critical that every domestic violence victim seek experienced legal assistance with their divorce case. The following explains where to find this help, and how it may improve the safety of you and your children during the divorce process. 

Safety First - Always Have a Plan

Not all victims know they want to divorce. Some may fear the risk that it could pose to their safety. However, all victims should have a safety plan - one that gives them direction in the event that their life does become endangered while they are with their abuser. This should include knowing where you will go, whom you will call, and where you will stay to ensure your safety. Once you are away, seek support from family, friends, colleagues, and domestic violence advocates. With their help, you may begin to realize that divorce can be an option, even in situations that involve domestic violence.

How Assistance from an Attorney Can Help with Your Case

Though exceedingly complex in domestic violence situations, divorce can be done effectively, efficiently, and with your safety in mind. An attorney can assist with this process. They can help you obtain a restraining order, gather evidence to support your claim (which may be necessary if you have minor children who could be at risk), and ensure that your rights are protected throughout the divorce process. An attorney can also fight to ensure you get the settlement that you deserve in your divorce. This may even include a request for child support and/or alimony.

Finding an Attorney That is Right for You

While there are many attorneys who handle divorce, not all have experience with domestic violence situations. Generally, such attorneys will ask open-ended questions to better understand your situation. This can be rather critical to ensuring you are safe throughout the process. Further, you deserve an attorney that recognizes the dangers of your situation and will provide you with compassion and understanding throughout the divorce process.

At The Stogsdill Law Firm, P.C., we are wholly committed to protecting the best interests of our clients. We fight aggressively to protect their rights and always make their needs our priority. Compassionate to the plight of victims and concerned with your safety, we can also assist you with restraining orders during the divorce process. Schedule a confidential consultation with our DuPage County divorce lawyers to learn more. Call 630-462-9500 today.

Sources:

http://turnto10.com/news/nation-world/family-of-woman-shot-believe-killing-was-over-plans-to-divorce

http://www.ncdsv.org/images/DV_Safety_Plan.pdf

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