Going through a divorce is never easy. This already difficult process becomes even more challenging when domestic violence is involved. The ugliness of domestic violence does not include only physical abuse, but also sexual, emotional, spiritual, economic, as well as the use of threats, isolation, pet abuse, using children as pawns, and a variety of other behaviors to maintain power over one’s partner through violence, fear, or intimidation.
Many spouses often feel trapped when domestic violence is present in a relationship. They are afraid that the mere mention of getting a divorce will trigger violent outbursts placing them in danger. It’s not uncommon for a victim to suffer in silence and fear for a long time. When you or a loved one is a victim of domestic violence and one’s safety is in clear, imminent danger, GET OUT IMMEDIATELY! When in doubt, always call 911. You can seek a civil injunction for protection against domestic violence, also known as a restraining order. This prohibits the abuser from engaging in ANY form of contact with you and violating this order will result in the abuser’s arrest.
For immediate assistance you can contact the Florida Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-500-1119.¬ If you are divorcing an abusive spouse, it is essential to ensure you have an experienced lawyer to protect your rights and assist in avoiding any difficulties that may arise. Just know that you do not have to go through this process alone, Brodzki Jacobs is here to provide expert legal guidance through these challenging times.