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Illinois takes domestic violence seriously

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Divorce can turn a bad situation even worse, especially if the relationship is already volatile. Sadly, in many cases, the initiation of a divorce can lead to instances of domestic violence. Illinois lawmakers recently took first-of-its-kind steps to address domestic violence of all kinds by requiring all workers in salons will be required to undergo training on how to respond to clients who confide in them about domestic violence. The law does not turn salon workers into mandatory reporters, but rather provides them with training on how to respond and encourage their clients to take appropriate steps to keep themselves and their children safe.

Sadly, domestic violence is still an issue that plagues thousands of families throughout the state and country. If you have already initiated a divorce against an abusive partner, please be encouraged that you are making the right choice, even if it does not always feel that way. If you are considering filing for divorce against an abusive spouse, you may consider seeking out the guidance of an experienced divorce attorney who can help you get a full grasp on what protections you have under the law and help you put your affairs in order to make a clean (and safe) break from the abuser.

It is worth noting that instances of abuse should be documented and filed officially. In a divorce process, a court will tend to not look kindly on abusers in a divorce settlement, and being willing to disclose these instances can give you additional leverage in the process, especially when it comes to custody agreements.

Whatever you do, make sure that you are keeping yourself and any children safe. Getting free of an abusive situation may be difficult, but it is also worthwhile. No one deserves to be abused, especially in their own home. If you are unsure how to proceed, an experienced attorney can take your hand and help you understand your rights while you take action to regain your life.

Source: Herald-Whig, "Unprecedented Illinois law to teach stylists proper response to domestic violence," Matt Dutton, Nov. 28, 2016

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