If you are in the process of going through a divorce, it’s safe to assume that emotions are already in a heightened state. When you are dealing with an abusive spouse during the process it is very likely that the domestic abuse may escalate, which is why you should take legal action. Domestic abuse can be emotional, physical, or psychological and can affect not just you, but also your children. If you are afraid that the abuse may turn life-threatening then you need to state this openly with a judge and seek a protective order. If you are unsure exactly where to start when dealing with an abusive spouse during your divorce, you can take note of the following tips.
- If you feel you and your children are in danger, call the Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233 to speak with an agent about the abuse. Do not downplay the seriousness of abuse and speak openly with an agent about your situation.
- It is very important to document the abuse you are enduring. Taking photos and saving abusive texts or calls from your spouse.
- You will want to become knowledgeable about restraining or protective orders and how to get them. You may also go to the domestic abuse clinic at your local courthouse for more information.
- Schedule a hearing to get more than a temporary restraining order and notify your abusive spouse about the hearing.
- Obtain an attorney for your case and provide evidence to show abuse.
- After you attend your hearing the court will provide a retraining order, if applicable, and send notice of order to your spouse.
Are you dealing with an abusive spouse in your divorce case? Reach out to the Law Offices of Michael P. Doman, Ltd. to request a consultation today. We are here to protect your rights.