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How to Stop Harassment During Your DivorceGetting a divorce can cause uncomfortable interactions between you and your spouse. That behavior sometimes escalates to the point of harassment from your spouse. Fortunately, you can file for an order of protection against your spouse if they are continually harassing you. How do you know when your spouse’s behavior qualifies as harassment? You should explain your spouse’s behavior in detail to your divorce attorney, who can advise you on whether a court order could stop that behavior and what you need to do in order to receive that order.

Harassment in Divorce

Illinois defines harassment as conduct that knowingly and unnecessarily causes a reasonable person to feel distressed. Harassment in a divorce is usually verbal abuse made in person or via electronic communication. Common examples include:

  • Making offensive or obscene comments to you
  • Repeatedly contacting you by telephone or email for the purpose of disturbing you
  • Making derogatory comments about you in a public forum such as social media

Harassment is a misdemeanor offense in Illinois, but the offender’s actions can rise to the level of a felony. For instance, your spouse could be charged with stalking if they are following you in person or electronically in order to harass you. Making a threat against you that causes you to reasonably fear for your safety could be assault.

domestic violence, Illinois family law attorney, Illinois divorce lawyer,Domestic abuse is not a cookie-cutter crime. The abuse can take on many different forms, including harassment by telephone (if directed toward a family or household member, or a significant other). Keep in mind that this category of harassment is not limited to telephone calls; rather, it also includes electronic communications such as text messages, emails and messages transmitted via social media outlets like Facebook. Those facing harassment from a spouse may wish to speak to an experienced attorney for help obtaining an order of protection.

Harassment by Telephone

A person can be charged with harassment by telephone if he or she uses telephone communication to:

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