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illinois-domestic-violenceMany people like to believe that if someone close to them like a family member is being abused, they will know and can help, but that is not always the case. The comforts about domestic violence that we often tell ourselves are infrequently true. DomesticViolence.org explains the faults in many of these myths and family law tips as follows: 1. If the abuse is really bad, the victim would leave. Leaving an abuser physically or emotionally will not stop him from going after his victim. Trying to get away could also anger the abuser and worsen the abuse. According to the United States Department of Justice, the most dangerous time for a victim is when she tries to leave. 2. There is no domestic violence in my community. In one year alone, the state police of Michigan concluded that a woman was killed about once a week by a partner or former partner. 3. Only women of color and poor women are victims of domestic violence. Domestic violence has no filter. Victims range in age, religion, culture, class, marital status, sexual orientation, and gender. Although it is less frequent, men are victims of domestic violence too, along with white and rich women. 4. Domestic violence is caused by mental illness, drug abuse, alcohol, and stress. Mental illness and drug abuse are often used as excuses rather than being actual causes of domestic violence. 5. What happens between a husband and wife is a private and personal matter. Domestic violence commonly affects more than just the abuser and the first partner/victim. The American Psychological Association reported that 40 percent to 60 percent of men who abuse women also abuse children. Sometimes the abuse becomes more serious and the victim is killed through the abuse, 30 percent of female murder victims in 1996 were killed by husbands and boyfriends according to the FBI. This abuse happens all around us without anyone knowing until it is much too late for the victims. If you are a victim of domestic abuse or you know a victim, contact a family law attorney for assistance to get safely out of the relationship. Illinois family lawyers at the Davi Law Group can help a victim file charges against his or her abuser and safely stay away for good. We have locations in Warrenville and Wheaton, Illinois.

MelissaPriscilla Forys, a 22-year-old mother, has been charged with felony aggravated battery and misdemeanor counts of endangering the life and health of a child, and contributing to the neglect of a child. Her boyfriend, 21-year-old Julian Hernandez, has been charged with felony aggravated battery and misdemeanor endangering the life and health of a child. Bail was set for $750,000 each at the Cook County Courthouse on February 9, according to this article from The Chicago Tribune. Forys’ 3-year-old girl was found to be so badly neglected she had lost both weight and hair. She was malnourished, and infections from her neglect. The 8-month-old boy had more serious signs of abuse. He had been submerged in a scalding hot tub of water on more than one occasion, causing 3rd degree burns to his stomach, knees, and feet. In addition, his mother admitted to biting him on at least three occasions, causing permanent scarring. Forys and Hernandez brought the boy to the hospital when they noticed his upper right leg was swollen. While there, hospital workers noticed the scarring and burns, along with malnourishment and multiple broken bones. The children are now in the care of the Department of Children and Family Services, who is investigating the claims of abuse and neglect. DCFS had no prior contact with the family before this. If bail is posted for either Forys or Hernandez, they have been ordered to not have any contact with minor children. Allowing harm to come to your child has severe repercussions, including possible fines, jail time, or loss of custody. If you believe your child is suffering from abuse or neglect, contact our family law attorneys in Wheaton or Warrenville to learn how you can build a case.
Divorce is an emotionally challenging process and can be especially hard if you have children. More and more divorcing couples are finding out how much more beneficial it is to stop bickering with your ex-spouse and place the needs of your children first, experts say. Cooperating with the ex is becoming more common than going through pointless arguments and endless fights. To make the collaboration work both parents need to make it a priority. Certified divorce financial analyst Nancy Liebman has noticed the shift too. "People are putting kids first rather than revenge," she said. There are a number of tricks and strategies that can benefit you and your children during a divorce.  Here are a few of them: 1. Do not talk bad about your ex. Your children may feel that they need to defend the other parent and they might become anxious about returning home. "I tell people, 'You are the adult, and you have to act like an adult,' " Liebman said. 2.  Admit your mistakes. Everybody makes mistakes, and you should not be afraid to admit you have been wrong. You can tell your kids that you could have handled matters better. It sets a good example. 3. Settle issues face-to-face. With the written word, there is too much room for negative interpretations and misunderstandings. If you are too angry with your ex to speak in person, get a third party, but do not attempt to solve issues through email or texts. 4. Try to see things from your ex-spouse’s perspective. When you understand that both of you are working for the better of your children you may see your ex positively again. If you are in the middle of a divorce, getting legal help is essential in order to protect the rights of you and your children. Contact an experienced family law attorney in Warrenville today.  
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