Divorce Solicitors Suffolk – The use of injunctions

Nicola Furmston Cropped

In December 2013 a man was found dead alongside his wife and mother-in-law. His wife had died of stab wounds, his mother-in-law of smoke inhalation and verdicts of unlawful killing have been recorded. The suggestion is that the wife died at her husband’s hand after telling him she wished to be divorced.  Her husband is alleged to have said he would kill her before she left him. Presented with a history of even a single threat to kill by a client’s spouse it is clear to a solicitor that an injunction is required for that client from the court, but far less clear when threats and harassment are of a more minor nature. A judgment call is required as to whether that harassment is likely to be simply ‘of the moment’ when a family has hit a crisis or likely to develop into a more sinister problem. Sadly, even an injunction cannot prevent serious harm. An injunction is a court order, useful where the aggressor respects such things, but ultimately a piece of paper, not a sword or shield and clients are always well advised to inform police what is going on, even if it seems trivial. Of such trivia horrendous life-changing events can develop.



Nicola Furmston is a divorce solicitor at Barker Gotelee, Solicitors in Ipswich.

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