Judge orders Ald. Ricardo Munoz to stay away from family home

CHICAGO (WLS) -- The divorce is getting ugly between Alderman Ricardo Munoz (22nd Ward) and his wife, now that a judge has ordered Munoz to stay away from his family's home.

The two sides were in court Wednesday morning where Betty Munoz asked for that order of protection.

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Mrs. Munoz told a judge the alderman has stopped making mortgage and car payments.

She filed for divorce back in January following domestic violence allegations on New Year's Eve. Police said Munoz got into a verbal argument with his wife and it escalated and became physical.

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In January, Munoz pleaded not guilty to a misdemeanor domestic battery charge. Following the incident, Munoz check himself into a rehabilitation facility in January.

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A bench trial has been set for May 15th.
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