What Warrants Spousal Harassment During a California Divorce?

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It’s no secret that divorce can generate many emotions for the parties involved, from sadness and frustration to desperation and anger. However, while most people take the time to process these emotions before starting to move on, divorce can bring out the worst in others. As such, if you have been a victim of spousal harassment at the hands of your soon-to-be ex, understanding your options is critical. The following blog explores more about these circumstances and why connecting with a Los Angeles divorce attorney as soon as possible is in your best interest.

What Is Spousal Harassment and Why Does It Happen During a Divorce?

For some couples, going through a divorce is a contentious and bitter matter. However, you may also find that for some, this bitterness can increase to a new level. Unfortunately, you may become a victim of spousal harassment at the hands of your spouse throughout the entirety of the divorce.

Spousal harassment occurs any time one partner financially, verbally, or physically commits harassment against their spouse. Harassment is any form of severe, persistent, and unwelcome conduct.

Different types of spousal harassment can arise, but instances will most commonly include:

  • Stalking
  • Threats of violence
  • Constant calling and incessant communication
  • Spreading rumors or false information about you
  • Financial manipulation
  • Purposely annoying the other party
  • Using another party to commit any of the aforementioned actions

Because divorce can bring out several emotions, your spouse may resort to harassment as a means of getting perceived “revenge” against you if they feel slighted by your actions. Additionally, they may harass you as a means of “punishing” you for divorcing them. In other cases, the harassment may be your spouse’s way of attempting to remedy the marriage without understanding what they are doing is not right.

What Should I Do if I Experience This?

If you are experiencing harassment at the hands of your spouse during your divorce, you may not know where to turn. Going through a divorce and simultaneously experiencing abuse can be a very isolating experience. However, you can consult an experienced attorney to explore your legal options for these complex matters.

Unfortunately, if your spouse spreads lies about you, it can impact matters like child custody. As such, it’s in your best interest to consult an attorney, as they can help you fight the abuse you’re enduring at the hands of your spouse during the complex divorce process.

At the Zitser Family Law Group, APC, we understand how overwhelming it can be to suffer abuse at the hands of your spouse. As such, our team will do everything possible to assist you through these challenging times. Connect with us today to learn how we will fight for you and help you through the complexities of your divorce.

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