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For DV Victims and Orders of Protection

Facing domestic violence is difficult and destructive to you and your children’s physical, mental, and emotional health. Filing for divorce from a violent spouse may feel intimidating, but there are steps Reifman Law Offices can help you take to keep you and your children safe during the divorce process. Although Illinois is a no-fault divorce state, the court will consider whether you have been the victim of domestic violence and what your needs may be.

At Reifman Law Offices, we are committed to the safety of our clients and their children. We will seek to bring about a peaceable resolution to your divorce, but sometimes litigation becomes necessary when domestic violence is a factor. Attorney Arkady Reifman has been practicing family law for nearly 20 years and is well-prepared to handle the challenges that come with divorcing a violent spouse while ensuring that you and your children are protected.

How Can an Order of Protection Help?

If you are seeking a divorce while dealing with domestic abuse, one of the first things Reifman Law Offices will help you with is getting an order of protection. These orders are designed to keep you and your children safe from further harm while the divorce is pending. A protection order can order the abuser to do any of the following:

  • Leave your home, even if the abuser owns the home or is on the lease
  • Stay away from you, your children, your workplace, and your children’s schools
  • Leave certain property, such as a vehicle, for your exclusive use
  • Attend counseling or substance abuse treatment
  • Surrender his firearms
  • Pay child support

The judge can include virtually any other provisions that are necessary to keep you or your children safe. Reifman Law Offices will examine the circumstances of your particular case and seek a protection order that contains any terms you and your children need to protect you from further abuse while we handle your divorce.

How Does Domestic Violence Affect Child Custody?

The court’s first priority is keeping children safe. While Illinois law presumes that it is in a child’s best interest to have a relationship with both her parents. However, if one parent is abusive and likely to harm or endanger a child’s physical safety or mental and emotional health, the court can take steps to protect the child.

Our law firm can help you petition the court to take measures like ordering that the abuser’s parenting time be supervised. A designated visitation center may be appropriate if there is a risk that your spouse would refuse to return or abscond with the children. If you move, we can ask the court that your new address be kept hidden from the abusive spouse so that he or she cannot harass you, and that all child hand-offs take place in public. The court could also order that visitation only takes place electronically, such as by video calling.

In extreme situations, the court can revoke a violent spouse’s parental rights entirely. This option strips the abusive spouse of all rights to have contact with the child but also destroys his obligation to pay child support. This is an option of last resort. We will work with you to determine what kind of protection your children need to keep them safe from any further violence.

Contact a Schaumburg Family Law Attorney

Filing for divorce when you have been the victim of domestic violence can be a very stressful time. At Reifman Law Offices, we will put the safety of your family first when we begin working towards a divorce resolution. Divorces involving domestic violence and child custody disputes can become contentious and may require litigation. The attorneys at Reifman Law Offices are prepared for any challenges that may come our way during your divorce process, and will always tailor our approach to the unique needs of you and your family. Contact us today online or call 847-229-8433 for a free consultation. We have locations in Arlington Heights, Rolling Meadows, Palatine, Hoffman Estates, Streamwood, West Dundee, Barrington, and Elk Grove Village.

At Reifman Law Offices,

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