When you’re in a scary situation, you need to be able to rely on the law to protect you. This is particularly true when you’re at risk of domestic violence. Getting an injunction during divorce, or even a restraining order, is never a road you want to go down because it means something deeply unpleasant has happened or is likely to happen if the situation doesn’t change.
The law around injunctions depends on the country you live in – and, in the U.S., the state you live in. But there are some general similarities, including when you’d need one and what you’ll need in order to get one.
Here's When You Might Need an Injunction During Divorce
If you’ve been the victim of domestic abuse
, you may want to consider an injunction. You’ll need to be able to rely on your support network and the law in the country you live in. It should also be reported to the police.
Domestic abuse is one of the most common reasons anyone would need to obtain an injunction or restraining order. You may also need one if you think you’re being harassed (for example, if you believe someone is following you). In the U.S., many states allow people to get a restraining order if they are being stalked or harassed by someone they haven't had a prior relationship with.
The Proof You Will Need
When applying for an injunction or a restraining order, it’ll help your case if you can provide some evidence of how the person has harmed you or caused you stress. It will help if you can be specific.
For example, instead of saying you’re receiving threatening phone messages, record them and use them as evidence. You’ll typically need to show that this has happened more than once to prove harassment.
How to Get Through It
Your friends and family will be extremely important at times like these, but it may be difficult to approach the subject at first. This is particularly true when those close to you may not even know what you’ve been going through; however, don’t let this put you off. You’ll need all the help you can get, so let them be there for you.
You might also want to look for some external support
. A group of fellow domestic abuse survivors and people who have also had to take out an injunction during divorce could help you by offering their stories. Having the help and support of your loved ones is a huge help, but there is also a unique advantage to hearing from others who have been through what you’ve been through.
However you choose to react to a situation involving domestic violence, it’s important to remember that the law is there to protect you. You don’t have to go through this on your own.