Unfortunately, family lawyers regularly come across cases in which one party is giving the other hassle. There are a number of ways in which someone may be giving hassle to their ex-partner. Firstly, they may keep trying to speak to their ex-partner against their ex-partners wishes. Secondly, they may be making threats against their ex-partner. Thirdly, they could be acting in a way that causes a ‘general nuisance’. Finally, they may regularly email and/or text their ex-partner, against their ex-partners wishes.
Many people find ending a relationship both difficult and distressing. Unfortunately, it seems to cause some people to act adversely, and in a way that negatively affects their ex-partner. Under no circumstances is this type of behaviour acceptable, particularly if it causes the other party to feel harassed or intimidated.
In certain cases, the Police and/or the Courts can provide you with protection. For example, if your ex-partner is giving you attention that you don’t want and it’s causing you to feel scared about your safety or distressed. This type of behaviour from your ex-partner is normally regarded as a form of domestic abuse.
My ex-partner won’t leave me alone – First steps
In nearly every case, you should first contact the Police. They are, frankly, going to be able to act quicker than family solicitors. If a criminal offence has occurred, they will usually be able to respond to the situation in a much more efficient manner than going through the Courts. The Police may prevent the need for you to go to Court at all.
However, these type of offences are also civil offences, so in certain circumstances there will be involvement from the Courts. If the Court rules in your favour, they can give your ex-partner an injunction in the form of a Non Molestation Order. The aim of the Non Molestation Order is to stop your ex-partner from interfering in your life.
The injunction can work in a number of ways, depending on the nature of your case. It may:
- Prevent the person from coming near you, your home and your workplace
- Act to stop them from sending you text messages or emails
- Act to stop them from calling you
- Restrict the person from harassing or intimidating you through another third party
If the person breaches the Order that has been served they will be arrested and face sentence through the Courts. Serious breaches can result in a custodial sentence.
To find out more about harassment and domestic violence from next partner – and what you can do about it, click it to visit our domestic violence page.
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