Once a divorce or custody dispute is over, there may still be problems between you and your ex-partner. Anger over child support, spousal maintenance, property division, or custody rulings may leave your former partner with feelings of anger and resentment. Though these feelings usually become less pronounced over the years, initially, they may lead to heated disagreements. While arguments after a relationship ends are normal, any type of threats made should be taken seriously. Knowing what you should do if your ex threatens you can make taking fast and decisive action easier.
Document Written Threats
Today a lot of communication between former couples takes place in the form of written messages. If your ex-partner is threatening you via email, print copies of the messages and forward them to your attorney. Any threats that take place in the form of text messages or social media posts can be saved through the use of screenshots. Creating records that verify your claims of abuse will later help your attorney show the court or the judge who heard your original divorce or custody case that your complaints are valid. Unfortunately, it is not unusual for former partners to take advantage of social media and emails to harass or bully their exes.
Tell Your Attorney
Many are tempted to ignore harassment from a former partner in the hopes that it will eventually just stop. Occasionally, an ex will stop the harassing behavior on his or her own or after someone close intervenes, but it is possible that he or she will escalate. Telling your attorney about this behavior and actions keeps your lawyer aware of what is going on. Once your attorney knows that you are being harassed and threatened, he or she can help you determine what actions to take going forward.
Consider Protection Orders
Obtaining an order of protection restricts your ex’s ability to communicate with your or come near you physically. If you are concerned about your safety and the safety of your children, a protective order is a good option if you meet the criteria. Restraining orders are granted if physical violence is proven, you or your family are victims of psychological abuse, or your ex is deliberately depleting assets. An application is made by appealing to a judge directly and temporary orders may be granted immediately if domestic violence is involved. A hearing is required and after it occurs, your judge will decide if the order will remain in place.
Get Legal Advice Immediately
Threats and all types of abuse can cause great harm psychologically and physically. Embarrassment or the incorrect assumption that what you are going through is normal and somehow acceptable makes it difficult to reach out for help. If you or someone close to you is being threatened by an ex, talking to a family law attorney is something that you should do as soon as possible. An attorney can assess your situation and provide you with the representation you need to stay protected. The attorneys at Vayman & Teitelbaum are ready to work on your behalf during this difficult time in your life. Contact us today at 678-736-7700 to schedule an initial consultation at one of our conveniently located Atlanta area offices.