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DuPage County divorce attorneysDivorce can be difficult and painful for any couple, but victims of domestic violence face a unique situation that few understand. These cases are not generally about who gets the house, the kids, or the dog. Instead, they are focused on safety and security. Victims must take extra precautions. Above all else, they need strong allies and advocates in their corner to help protect them from further acts of violence. If you are a victim of domestic violence and are seeking a divorce, there are steps you can take to help you move forward safely, securely, and with a measure of confidence.

Be Prepared for Potential Safety Issues

Whether you are still living with an abusive partner and making plans, or have recently moved out and are afraid as to what may happen in the weeks and months to come, it is important that you take immediate steps to protect yourself. If you have not done so yet, take photographs of any bruises or injuries. Gather any medical documents you may have on previous injuries.

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DuPage County divorce attorney, domestic violenceDomestic violence not only disrupts the marital relationship, which may lead to a divorce, but it also creates danger for the victim and others living within the household. Further, domestic violence can occur between more individuals than just spouses. Ultimately, certain legal action should be taken when encountering domestic violence.

What is Domestic Violence?

Under Illinois law, domestic violence is defined as physical abuse, intimidation, harassing, interfering with the personal freedom, or willful deprivation of another family or household member. Family and household members are defined as:

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child custody, domestic violence, Illinois divorce attorneysEnding a marriage through divorce is a difficult process, and is filled with many mixed emotions. The process is made more complicated when children are involved, particularly when one parent has been accused or previously convicted of domestic violence. The existence of domestic violence raises several issues that the court may have to address.

What is Domestic Violence?

Under the Illinois Domestic Violence Act (IDVA), domestic violence is defined as physical abuse, harassment, forcing a dependent to witness physical abuse of another person, interference with personal liberty, or willfully depriving a person of necessary items, such as medication, medical care, shelter, or food. Physical abuse includes sexual abuse as well as any of the following:

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