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DuPage County domestic violence attorneysWhen you hear the terms “domestic abuse” and “domestic violence,” it is likely that you picture physical acts such as punching, slapping, shaking, or choking. Or, maybe you envision the effects of such abuse—bruises, a black eye, or a broken wrist. While these are certainly appropriate images for you to associate with domestic violence, domestic abuse refers to more than just physical actions. Psychological and emotional abuse can be just as devastating as physical violence, and those who emotionally abuse their loved ones must be held accountable for their behavior.

Recognizing the Signs of Emotional Abuse

Virtually all couples have arguments on occasion—and some may even get loud and ugly. Partners may yell and say hurtful things to one another, but this is not necessarily abusive. It becomes abuse when one spouse tries to exercise control over the other through such behavior. Rather than using actual or threatened physical violence, an emotional abuser uses words—including insults, lies, and partial truths—as weapons.


DuPage County divorce attorneysDivorce is common enough in today’s world that many people tend to take the idea quite casually—particularly when it is happening to someone else. Take the 2011 Steve Carell movie Crazy Stupid Love, for example, where the main character’s friends and colleagues celebrate the fact that he is getting divorced and does not, in fact, have cancer as they suspected. This casual approach to divorce encourages the belief that when a marriage experiences trouble, it is easier to end the relationship than to fix the problems. However, people may want to take a step back and make sure divorce is the right choice for them before making the decision to end their marriage.

Illinois Divorce Law

According to the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act, the court will enter a judgment of divorce if “irreconcilable differences have caused the irretrievable breakdown of the marriage," that attempts at reconciliation have failed, and that additional efforts to save the marriage are not reasonable or would not serve the best interests of the family.


DuPage County divorce lawyersRegardless of what else it may represent, a divorce is technically a civil legal action between two parties that is intended to dissolve the marital contract between them. While this definition of a divorce may seem cold and unfeeling, it is important to separate the legal concerns of the process from those that are more personal or emotional. With that in mind, many individuals who are considering a divorce often wonder if it is important to beat their spouses to the proverbial punch. Does it matter who files the petition for divorce? The answer is not definitively clear.

Divorce as a Legal Action

In most civil legal proceedings, there are clear lines between the opposing sides. On one side, there is the plaintiff, or claimant, who initiates the legal action—usually by filing some type of complaint and request for relief. The defendant, or respondent, is the one against whom the complaint is made. Usually, the defendant is accused of having done something wrong or not have done something he or she was supposed to do. The purpose of the action to hold the defendant accountable for his or her actions or inaction and to make the plaintiff whole again, at least to the extent that it is possible.

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