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My Spouse Has Become Abusive. What Can I Do?

 Posted on January 11, 2024 in Domestic Violence

DuPage County family lawyerAll people are unique. Some are considerate of others, some are self-centered, some are peaceful, and some can be violent. Being physically violent is a quality that can develop, so it is possible to meet someone who is kind and courteous and later begins acting violently. Other factors can also influence it. Someone who is typically a peaceful person can become violent as a response to stress or frustration or under the influence of drugs and alcohol. None of this excuses abusive behavior, but it can help explain how someone can find themself in an abusive relationship. When the abusive person is your spouse, and your home stops being the safe space you need it to be, your daily life can become frightening and stressful. If you are a victim of domestic abuse, speak to a compassionate Wheaton, IL, family law attorney to see how you can protect yourself with the backing of the law.

What is an Order of Protection?

Commonly known as a restraining order, an order of protection is a legal document aimed at protecting victims of domestic violence. These orders have the power to legally restrict the abuser in several ways, including:

  • Keeping them away from the victim by placing a minimum distance they need to maintain at all times.
  • Prohibiting contact with the victim through any means (in person, phone calls, emails, letters, notes, or some third party).
  • Prohibiting them from going to the victim’s home, school, or work. If the judge believes you are at immediate risk of being harmed by the abuser, they can force them to stay away from your home even if they share that home with you.

If you have children, your order of protection might also include a section that limits or takes away parental responsibilities from the abuser. This will only be temporary, and an actual division of parental rights and parental responsibilities would need to be settled in court.

Schedule a Free Consultation With a DuPage County, IL Family Law Attorney 

If you are a victim of domestic abuse, please know that hope is not lost. We understand this is a horrible experience and want to help you fully realize your legal options. The understanding and experienced Wheaton, IL, domestic violence lawyer at Davi Law Group can explain your options and fight aggressively to protect your rights and best interests. Call 630-657-5052 for a free consultation.

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