Divorce can occur many ways, but sometimes a spouse realizes that they must leave a relationship because it is not a safe place to stay. If you believe that your spouse is dangerous, especially if they have acted violently toward you in the past, you may consider a restraining order. A restraining order does not always solve every domestic violence issue, but it can go a long way toward helping you avoid dangerous situations.
Not all restraining orders are created the same way. Depending on the severity of your need and the length of time you anticipate needing some extra legal muscle to keep yourself safe, your restraining order might look differently than others.
Restraining orders may order a restrained individual from coming within a certain distance from the protected party. These orders are some of the more heavy handed versions. Other restraining orders may simply place restrictions around how the restrained party may contact the protected party. Such an order can restrict the way that you communicate with your spouse so that things remain civil and safe.
If you are in an abusive relationship, you should consult with an attorney immediately. You do not deserve to be abused, and you should not remain in an unsafe environment. Your divorce may be exactly the freedom you need to begin building a healthier life. An experienced attorney can help you understand your options and assist you as you create a plan to protect yourself and leave a destructive relationship. Sometimes, the strength of the law is exactly the help you need to break away from a destructive partner.
Source: Findlaw, "When to Get a Restraining Order During Divorce," accessed Sep. 15, 2017