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DuPage County order of protection attorneyAccording to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, an astounding 10 million men and women are victims of intimate partner abuse every year in the United States. Data shows that about 20 people per minute are abused by a boyfriend, girlfriend, or spouse in the U.S. Anyone who has been a victim of domestic violence knows just how terrifying and overwhelming the experience can be. Domestic violence or abuse can also have a tremendous impact on divorce proceedings. If you are considering divorce, and you have been mentally, emotionally, or physically abused by your spouse, there are several issues you need to be aware of.

Negotiation and Mediation May Not Be Appropriate in Situations Involving Domestic Abuse

Generally, couples getting divorced are encouraged to work out issues related to child custody, property division, and spousal support on their own or with help from a qualified mediator. However, when there is an imbalance of power between the spouses or a history of domestic violence, this may not be appropriate or even possible. It is highly encouraged that you speak with an experienced family law attorney if you are getting divorced and have been abused by your partner. Your attorney can help you understand your legal options and choose the course of action which is best for your unique situation. If you worry about the effect that your partner’s abuse has or will have on your children, your lawyer can also help you determine the steps you can take to protect your children’s safety, including requesting sole custody or requiring that your ex-spouse’s parenting time be supervised.

An Order of Protection May Help

Your safety and the safety of your children should be your top priority if you are planning to leave an abusive relationship. If you have reason to believe that your spouse will harm you in any way during the transition, you may want to consider getting an order of protection. There are three types of protection orders available in Illinois: an emergency order of protection (EOP), an interim order of protection, and a plenary order of protection. An EOP can be obtained at your local county courthouse and can remain in effect for 14 – 21 days. You will not need to notify your spouse if you get an EOP. This emergency order may require your abuser to stay a certain distance away from you and/or your children as well as your place of work, school, and your residence. A hearing will be held to determine whether a plenary order of protection should be issued to provide more permanent protection.

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DuPage County order of protection attorneyWhen a couple chooses to get divorced, the best-case scenario involves them parting ways amicably while still maintaining respect for each other. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Some ex-partners can be dangerous, and it may seem difficult to remove them from one’s life even when the divorce is over. An ex-spouse may commit multiple different types of harassment, including electronic stalking. This can be a subtle but invasive method of stalking someone, and many people do not even know their privacy has been compromised until it is too late. If you are concerned that your ex-partner is stalking you, here are some tips to help protect your privacy and your safety.

Change Your Passwords

If you and your ex-partner shared accounts for email, social media, or other apps during your marriage, it is important to change the usernames and passwords of those accounts immediately. You should also take steps to remove your ex from any bank accounts or credit cards the two of you shared. Your ex-partner could still be using online apps or financial records to track your communications, your whereabouts, and your spending habits. Make sure you use a password that is not obvious to your ex-partner. Avoid the use of easy-to-guess references like your first pet or your middle name. Consider a password generator that provides a completely random sequence of unguessable characters.

Look Out for Stalking Apps and Programs

In some cases, your ex may download an illicit application onto your phone or install a hidden program on your computer. With this type of stalking app, they may be able to see your phone conversations, text messages, photos, and passwords. Some apps can even turn on your phone’s or computer’s camera or microphone without your knowledge, allowing your ex to listen to or watch you without your permission. Even though you might not see the app icon or know the spyware has been installed, there are a few signs. If your phone’s battery drains faster, if your computer is hard to turn off, or if your data bill is higher than normal, you might want to check for a stalking app or spyware program. 

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Wheaton domestic violence attorneysAccording to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV), approximately 10 million Americans are abused by an intimate partner each year. In all, 20 Americans experience domestic abuse every single minute, across the United States. Domestic abuse is one of the most physically dangerous and emotional traumatizing crimes to be a victim of. In many cases, victims are afraid to leave, do not want to alert authorities, and may still have an emotional connection to their abuser. In other situations, children are involved, and that can lead to increased complications and concerns.

Still, domestic violence can escalate quickly, and removing you and your family from a violent situation is the most important step you can take in ensuring your safety. If you or a loved one are facing domestic violence at home, contact law enforcement officials immediately and reach out to a team of legal representatives you can trust.

Long Lasting Impacts of Domestic Violence

Cases of domestic violence can come with ramifications that can last a lifetime. Physical violence can lead to loss of work hours, costly medical bills, and chronic post-traumatic stress. According to the NCADV, as many as 60% of victims of intimate violence lose their jobs because of complications forming from the abuse. Domestic violence can also impact the lives of children in the household.

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