Abusive spouses are usually very controlling, and they use their power to frighten you into staying. However, family courts are there to help. They take abuse seriously, and they will make sure that your rights are protected. Let’s dive into our guide: Divorcing an abusive spouse.
Getting a Restraining Order When You Are Divorcing an Abusive Spouse
Although it can be frightening to start the process of divorcing an abusive spouse, there are protections available for you. If you are in danger and have had an incident of domestic violence, your lawyer can file for a restraining order. You can get a temporary or a permanent restraining order to protect yourself and your children if you are in danger.
People often want to know what constitutes abuse. In broad terms, abuse is defined as “intentionally or recklessly causing or attempting to cause” any of the following:
- Sexual assault
- Bodily injury
- Placing someone in imminent danger
- Stalking, harassing, and more
If you are in an abusive relationship, a lawyer can help to make sure that you get the protection you need when you are going through your divorce.