Domestic Violence Divorce Advice

Going through a divorce can sometimes feel like strategizing for battle. But for someone involved in an abusive relationship, it can literally come down to a battle for safety, and in extreme cases, life or death. The news is filled with countless stories of people who have been killed by their estranged spouses when they finally were able to break from the abuser. Statistics show that 70% of domestic violence injuries occur after separation.

There are steps that a person who is a victim of domestic violence should take as they prepare to leave the marriage. A recent report in the Huffington Post offered this advice:

  • Arrange for a place outside the home for all important paperwork, such as birth and marriage certificates, social security cards, bank statements and any other paperwork showing documentation of assets.
  • Set up a private email account for legal correspondence and only use public computers. Abusers have been known to install spy ware on home computers and smart phones.
  • Change all you PINs to one that your spouse cannot figure out.
  • Get a post office box to have all your private mail sent to.
  • Open up a bank account and save as much as you can. If possible, have any paychecks, savings, etc, transferred to that one account.
  • Purchase a pre-paid debit card. For a small transaction fee, these can be loaded with funds and are re-usable.
  • Apply for a credit card in your name.

The most crucial advice, however, is safety. If you and your children are in danger, seek help immediately. Contact an experienced Illinois divorce attorney to help protect your rights and ensure that you receive your fair share of what you are entitled from marital assets and property.

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