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Divorcing An Abusive Spouse: What You Need To Know

You deserve to feel safe and protected from harm as you pursue the end of your marriage to an abusive spouse. At Blacha Law Office, our team of seasoned Illinois attorneys can help you understand your options and seek legal protection. We will stand by you throughout your divorce. To learn more about divorcing an abusive spouse, see our below answers to some frequently asked questions.

How does the law define abuse?

The United States Department of Justice includes the following in how their definition of abuse as it pertains to domestic violence:

  • Emotional abuse
  • Physical abuse
  • Sexual abuse
  • Threats, stalking and cyberstalking
  • Psychological abuse
  • Economic abuse

Note that every situation is different. Experiencing abuse that does not fall under the above list does not disqualify it from recognition as abuse by the courts.

How will domestic abuse affect my divorce?

If there is evidence of abuse in your family, everything from child custody arrangements to property division may be affected in your divorce process.

How can a protection order help me?

An order of protection prohibits abusers from making threats, they provide temporary physical possession of children or temporary legal custody. The order also bars the abuser from your shared residence and enforces other measures that ensure your safety.

How can a lawyer help me?

An experienced family law and divorce attorney can provide you with strong representation and insight regarding Illinois law. A lawyer may also provide resources to help you better understand your legal options as well as measures for your safety.

Start Your Process With A Free Consultation

Our dedicated team of lawyers is ready to assist you through your divorce. Reach our office for a free initial consultation by calling our Naperville and Joliet offices at 630-283-1987 or using the online contact form to set up an appointment.