It takes bravery to leave an abusive marriage. Far too often, victims in abusive marriages feel trapped and continue to suffer for years because they fear what may happen if they leave. And this fear can be well-founded because abusers often become even more dangerous if they believe they are losing control over their victims.
If you have had enough and are prepared to extricate yourself from your abusive spouse, it is important to take measures for your and your children’s safety. As such, you may want to file for a protective order with the court.
In Texas, it is possible to get a protective order that prohibits your abusive spouse from:
- Making contact with you or even coming near you, your children or other members of your family.
- Going near your home, place of employment or your children’s schools.
- Having a gun or gun license.
- Threatening or hurting you.
A protective order could also cover other important aspects of your day-to-day life. For example, the order could include provisions regarding who gets to stay in your home or use the family car. And if your spouse violates any of the provisions contained in the order, he or she can be arrested by the police.
Applying for and receiving a protective order is a serious step, but it may end up saving your life and keeping your children safe. Moreover, if your spouse obeys the order, you will have some personal space. This means you can begin working on the details of your divorce without interference.
If you are planning on divorcing an abusive spouse, you may want to get in touch with an experienced family law attorney. The attorney can help you get a protective order that suits your specific needs.