Kankakee, IL asked in Family Law for Illinois

Q: What is considered harassment when it comes to messages from an ex?

My ex and I have an agreement to use a message app to communicate regarding our children. My ex wants to fight in most of the messages so I won't reply immediately. In a recent message, I replied that I needed to speak to my attorney before responding any further on matters of the subject. My ex is still sending me messages and if I reply with an acknowledgement (that I received it) they keep telling me I responded too late and they can do what they want. The subject matter is the same, they just keep adding or removing content that was in the original message. I don't know how to appease my ex when I already stated I needed to speak to my attorney. Is this a form of harassment? If I continue to ignore the messages on this subject or reply timely will it look poor on me?

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Cheryl Powell
Cheryl Powell
  • Mt Vernon, IL
  • Licensed in Illinois

A: It really depends on the nature of the problem and whether or not it is time sensitive. If you told her you wanted to talk to your attorney a week ago and you still have not, then that is a problem with you. If you told her that on Friday and she has been bothering you about it all weekend, that's her problem. There are a lot of factors to take into consideration. You should keep a record of all messages and your responses to show your lawyer.

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