The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) estimates that approximately 20 people are abused by an intimate partner each minute in the United States. That equates to more than 10 million victims per year. Some of them are married, unsure of how to escape, and afraid of what might happen if they try to pursue a divorce. An attorney may be able to help.
Guiding You Through the Process
When you are dealing with both domestic violence and divorce, it is crucial that you have someone to guide you through the process. You need someone who can stand up for your rights and protect them in every situation. You also need someone who can help you work through the financial discovery of any marital assets.
Helping You Stay Safe During the Divorce
Although some victims can and do leave their relationships without retaliation, others may be at risk for escalated violence. An attorney can help you pursue an order of protection. You should also know that Illinois offers certain employment protections to victims of domestic violence.
For example, you may be able to take time off work to attend court for orders of protection, divorce, and relocation outside of your spouse’s home. Further, your employer has to provide reasonable safety accommodations to help you avoid additional violence. Just be sure you are honest and open with them about your situation.
Children, Divorce, and Domestic Violence
If you have children, are coming from a domestic violence situation, and planning for divorce, there may also be special considerations and situations that can affect your allocation of parental responsibilities and parenting time. An attorney can help you navigate these issues as well. This may be crucial to their safety and/or your safety. Some examples might include a request for neutral zone parenting time exchanges or supervised visits to ensure your spouse does not harm your children.
Keep in mind that such situations have to be pursued carefully. Abusive spouses can and sometimes do pull out the stops and may even attempt to claim that you are alienating them from your child. An attorney can help you devise a strategy to deal with such allegations. For example, your attorney may ask you to submit documentation of the abuse to ensure there are additional protections in place for you and your children.
Contact Our DuPage County Divorce Lawyers
At Mevorah Law Offices LLC, we understand the sensitivity of your case. Dedicated to your safety and protecting your best interests, we will stand beside you, every step of the way. Our DuPage County divorce lawyers offer free initial consultations to help you get started. Call 630-932-9100 to schedule yours today.
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