Are trespassing charges worth the hassle?
June 13, 2013 3:17 PM Subscribe
Help us decide if girlfriend and I should press trespassing charges against girlfriend's father, and how to do it.
posted by anonymous to human relations (9 answers total)
Yesterday my girlfriend and I had an altercation with her father, at our apartment leased by girlfriend. There's lots of backstory (isn't there always!) but the gist is that at one point yesterday she opened the door to tell him to leave and he pushed past her into our apartment demanding money and refusing to leave. He did not hit or harm anyone, and nothing was damaged. We finally got him out and things were mostly taken care of hours later. But of course, when he was screaming and yelling, I called the cops. And when they were physically at the apartment afterwards taking down our info, we were asked if we wanted to press trespassing charges.
Now, he's hopefully being kicked out of the house he shared with his wife, girlfriend's mom. He should be out of our lives and their lives. She says she's finally filing for divorce. Obviously the main person involved is girlfriend's mom, not us. But, regardless, is filing a trespassing a good idea for us? I know the obvious, it'll be on record against him. But we don't want to have to see him in court. We know it obviously won't be able to keep him from doing the exact same thing if he wanted to. We don't even know what it really entails.
We're in Kansas, if it helps. Also, the apartment is solely in her name, I just live there off the lease. This is about what she should do technically I know, but please forgive the 'we'.