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Escaping an abusive spouse

For San Antonio residents looking to escape abusive marriages, fear is often an almost-constant companion. Even after they’ve left their spouses, emotional abuse will often continue through harassment and stalking. Indeed, the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence reports that 1 in 7 women claim to have been stalked by a former partner. Often, an abuser will use stalking or intimidation in order to force a reconciliation or to gain the upper hand in divorce proceedings. Thus, those seeking a divorce from their abusers should consider filing for a restraining order.

A restraining or protective order can prevent an abusive spouse from having any contact with the filer, the couple’s children, and/or any members of his or her family. The protection that it provides can be extended to include:

  •          The filer’s home
  •          His or her workplace
  •          His or her vehicle
  •          The children’s school or daycare center

One can typically complete the filing process in as fast as 24-48 hours. Once a judge has signed an order, it goes into immediate effect until such time as a hearing can be held to determine the merits of the filer’s complaint.

Those seeking restraining orders against their spouses will also want to ensure that they are granted access to any shared financial accounts. According to data shared by the Huffington Post, almost 98 percent of domestic violence victims report that their abusers seize control of their finances. An Automatic Temporary Restraining Order is typically issued at the beginning of most divorce proceedings. This essentially freezes all shared assets and provides both parties with sufficient funds to meet their needs. However, if the one filing for a restraining order has yet to initiate divorce proceedings, he or she may want to ask the judge to mandate similar financial protections when issuing the order. 

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