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Divorce can cause some very angry and resentful feelings to bubble to the surface. While disagreements and negative emotions coming up during the divorce process can be normal, your ex outright harassing you is not. If your ex is harassing you while trying to make decisions for the divorce agreement, we highly recommend contacting an attorney for support. Going through divorce can be difficult enough, so the added intensity from your ex is unnecessary. We suggest keeping any evidence related to harassment, just in case you have to take legal action.
Here in the article to follow, we have gone into further detail about what harassment means exactly in terms of divorce, and what an attorney can do to assist you during this time.
Definition of Harassment
Harassment can take on many forms, including stalking, verbal abuse or even physical violence. Of course, if your ex becomes physically abusive towards you, call the police immediately and contact your attorney. We understand just how messy and troublesome the divorce process can be for people. Let us help protect your safety and rights every step of the way.
If your ex is harassing you but does not make you feel threatened or unsafe, consider having a conversation about the behavior. In the best possible scenario, your ex may not have realized the extent of what he or she had done, and was only reacting out of heartbreak. You may want to consider establishing boundaries with your ex, so you do not feel victim to constant text messages, emails and phone calls. Unless your ex has something to tell you in regards to your children, you do not have to be at his or her beck and call.
Refraining from Retaliation
It can be very challenging for a spouse suffering harassment to not retaliate. You may have strong urges to be vengeful, talk badly or otherwise do something to hurt the other person. Fighting fire with fire only makes matters worse. Instead, contact an attorney to see if something can be done about your ex’s harsh behavior.
Legal Options for Harassment
If the harassment you are experiencing does not cease, you may decide to take legal action against your ex. With the help from an attorney, you can submit a criminal complaint and request the prosecutor to pursue an order of protection. Such an order can help limit any physical interactions between you and your former spouse. If your spouse then chooses to violate these orders, he or she can face criminal contempt.