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b2ap3_thumbnail_Untitled-design-17.jpgWhen you are going through a divorce, the last thing you need is your future ex-spouse stalking you. Unfortunately, this is a common occurrence and can add stress and even more discomfort to the divorce process. If you believe your future ex-spouse is stalking you during your divorce, read on.

What is Stalking?

A pattern of behavior that makes you feel nervous, scared, harassed, or in danger is defined as stalking. Your future ex-spouse may be stalking you if they are:

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b2ap3_thumbnail_shutterstock_379612687.jpgDomestic violence occurs when an individual(s) is abused by someone who is their relative, cohabiter, or significant other. Domestic violence can occur between parents, spouses or former spouses, individuals in dating or engagement relationships, cohabitants, or former cohabitants. 

In Illinois, domestic violence is considered to be a serious crime and a violent offense that comes with severe penalties such as prison time and fines. The five different types of domestic violence include:

       1. Physical Abuse

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DuPage County divorce lawyersAlthough people often use them interchangeably, divorce and legal separation are actually two different legal procedures. Each has its own set of advantages and disadvantages, and one does not need or rely upon the other. In fact, many couples legally separate and never divorce, and others divorce without ever going through a legal separation. Still not sure which is right for you? Start with the following information, which explains the differences, benefits, and drawbacks of both divorce and legal separation.

Divorce in Illinois

Divorce – or the dissolution of a marriage – is a legal process used to end (dissolve) a marriage. Parties equitably split their assets, determine allocation of parental responsibilities, parenting time, alimony, and/or child support, and they may remarry any time after the process is over. You do not have to live apart prior to filing, nor do you have to file for a legal separation before filing for divorce. However, you must fully understand that, once complete, the marriage is over. For some, this is too big of a step, and they may choose legal separation instead.

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domestic violence safety, DuPage County family law attorneysIt is estimated that nearly 20 people are physically abused by an intimate partner every minute of every day. Yet, domestic violence is often an overlooked aspect of divorce. It does not receive adequate attention or recognition, and that continues to place victims and children at risk. If you are in an abusive relationship and are contemplating separation or divorce, know how to keep yourself and your children safe by understanding the role and importance of safety plans and orders of protection.

Safety Plans During and After Separation or Divorce

Anyone that is in a domestic violence situation, has recently left, or is considering leaving, should have an active safety plan in place. This plan should change as your situation does. For example, those who are still living with an abusive partner will have different needs than those who have already left. However, most should include:

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As we become more aware of the issues and challenges surrounding domestic violence in society, both individual states and the federal government have adopted new laws and protections for victims of abusive relationships.

Domestic violence is defined as “a pattern of abusive behavior in any relationship that is used by one partner to gain or maintain power and control over another intimate partner.” Domestic violence is a term that is used to describe threats or actions that are physical, sexual, emotional, financial, or psychological that someone employs in an attempt to control another person.

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