Thumbs Up Thumbs Down
Share Your Experience
X

Co-Parenting After an Abusive Marriage - What Every Domestic Violence Victim Should Know

Illinois domestic violence lawyersVictims of abuse often assume that a documented history of violence will protect them and their children during and after a divorce. Sadly, this is rarely the case. Instead, abusive spouses often use their children as a way to get close to the victim again. The means and methods for doing so vary from one case to the next, but with proper advocacy and protection, victims and their children can reduce the risk of future abuse. Learn more in the following sections, including how the assistance of a seasoned divorce attorney can help to mitigate against the issues that often arise in a divorce from an abusive partner. 

Make Safety Your Primary Focus

Divorce is a complex process, with many pitfalls, but the biggest threat to victims of domestic violence is that of continued abuse. As such, the primary focus should be safety. Create a safety plan and, if necessary, obtain an order of protection. If the children are not covered under the order of protection (which is a possibility), then victims are encouraged to make child exchanges in a safe, public place (i.e. the police station). Do not engage in arguments and never agree to meet your spouse alone - not even to talk about the children. Instead, seek assistance and support from an experienced attorney. 

Know the Risks and Legal Complications 

The risk of continued violence is just one of the many aspects that domestic violence victims must consider. Many abusive partners are charismatic, and they may attempt to charm judges, guardian ad litems, and other legal professionals. They may also attempt to alienate the victim from the child, or they may make claims that the victim is alienating them and preventing them from having a continued relationship with their child. If successful in their efforts, they could cause victims to lose parenting time or some of their allocation of parental responsibilities. In extreme cases, they may As such, adequate protection and documentation are critical in cases involving domestic violence. 

Seek Legal and Emotional Support

Domestic violence victims are discouraged from pursuing a divorce without adequate support and protection. Support groups, domestic violence shelters, hotlines, and therapists are valuable resources when it comes to coping with the trauma. A seasoned attorney can provide victims with guidance and assistance on legal matters, and they can help implement protective measures to keep victims and their children safe. 

Contact Our Wheaton Family Law Attorneys 

At Davi Law Group, LLC, your safety is our top priority. Aggressive and experienced in handling matters pertaining to domestic violence and divorce, our Wheaton divorce lawyers pursue the most favorable outcome in every case. Schedule your personalized consultation by calling 630-580-6373 today. 

Source:

https://psmag.com/social-justice/abuse-survivors-custody-battl

 

Abraham Lincoln A lawyer’s time and advice are his stock and trade. -Abraham Lincoln
Davi Law Group, LLC handles family law, estate planning and real estate matters for clients in Chicago and throughout the western suburbs including DuPage County, Will County, Kane County, Kendall County and Cook County and the cities of Aurora, Bloomingdale, Bolingbrook, Carol Stream, Darien, Downers Grove, Elmhurst, Geneva, Glen Ellyn, Hinsdale, Joliet, Kendall County, Lisle, Lombard, Naperville, Oak Park, Oak Brook, Oswego, Park Ridge, Roselle, St. Charles, Villa Park, Warrenville, Wheaton, Winfield, Woodridge and Yorkville, Illinois.
Warrenville Office
Address28371 Davis Parkway, Suite 103, Warrenville, IL 60555
Phone(630) 657-5052
Fax(888) 350-9195
Wheaton Office
Address1776 S. Naperville Road, Building A, Suite 105, Wheaton, IL 60189
Phone630-580-6373
Fax(888) 350-9195
Chicago Office
Address321 N. Clark Street, Suite 900, Chicago, IL 60654
Phone(312) 985-5676
Fax(888) 350-9195
Joliet Office
Address58 N. Chicago Street, Suite 102,
Joliet, IL 60432
Phone(815) 582-4901
Fax(888) 350-9195
Contact us