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How Domestic Violence Affects Divorce SettlementsDomestic violence between spouses can lead to or result from divorce. A person may choose to end his or her marriage because his or her spouse is abusive. In other cases, asking for a divorce may trigger a spouse’s threatening behavior. Either way, domestic violence changes how a divorce is settled. The divorce court will likely favor the victim in matters of allocation of parental responsibilities and division of property.

Order of Protection

With any case of domestic violence, the victim’s first responsibility is to protect him or herself, as well as other victims. A victim spouse should immediately seek an order of protection against the abusive spouse. The order includes several benefits for the victim spouse, such as:

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Planning Before Leaving an Abusive HomeIt is easy for observers to say that victims of domestic violence can protect themselves by simply leaving. The victims, who are statistically most likely to be women, may say that the matter is more complicated. A domestic violence victim can understand that she needs to leave her abuser but worry about the consequences of leaving, such as:

  • Ending her relationship with someone she still loves;
  • Retaliation from her abuser when she leaves;
  • Finding a place to live; and
  • Economically supporting herself and her children.

Many of these doubts can be addressed by planning ahead before leaving. If you are a victim or at risk of domestic abuse, you need a plan in place that will allow you to leave quickly and feel safe.

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Illinois domestic violence laws, Illinois family law attorneyIf you feel that you are in danger of being harmed by your current or former partner, yes. An order of protection is a legal order that requires your abuser to stay away from you, with criminal consequences for violating the order. Having one in place can give you the recourse you need if you are threatened or attacked. Your partner or others around you might attempt to sway your decision, telling you that this type of protection is meaningless or unnecessary. But do not listen to them – let an experienced family and divorce attorney determine whether an order of protection is in your best interest.

Are You Unsafe?

This is the most important issue to determine when deciding whether or not to seek an order of protection from a partner. Ask yourself if you feel like you are in danger of being hurt, whether physically, emotionally, mentally, or financially. Domestic violence means more than just physical acts. It can refer to the psychological manipulation of a partner, the restriction of an individual's financial freedom, and emotional or sexual abuse as well. In short, all types of domestic violence have one thing in common: they are an attempt to maintain control over an individual.

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domestic-violenceThe Illinois Domestic Violence Act of 1986 was passed in order to clearly define the actions that are considered to be domestic violence and give victims a legal process to protect themselves from their abusers. When an individual experiences domestic violence in his or her marriage, he or she may seek an order of protection against his or her spouse, as per this act. Once he or she is safe from further violence, he or she may consider seeking a divorce.

The Illinois Domestic Violence Act Defines Who Is a Victim

Although many automatically assume that victims of domestic violence suffer at the hands of their intimate partners, there are actually many classes of individuals who can be defined as domestic violence victims. Under the Act, individuals who have any of the following types of relationship with their abusers are considered to be victims of domestic violence:

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restraining-orderDivorces can be messy. In many cases, the divorce process brings out the worst in each partner, pushing him or her to become angry, vindictive, and frightened about what will happen in the future with his or her property and relationship with the couple's children. This fright can turn to aggression, which can manifest itself as antagonism aimed at the other spouse and attempts to harass him or her into giving in to the aggressive partner's demands.

This is not a healthy way to end a marriage. In fact, it can be the foundation of a very difficult life for an individual following his divorce because if this behavior is not nipped early, it can lead to a life of fear, resentment, and a much smaller share of the couple's marital assets than the victim was entitled to receive.

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