Kathleen J. Smith, Attorney at Law

Get help when divorcing an abusive spouse

Unfortunately, domestic violence and abuse darken the lives of many California couples. After trying to remedy the abuse alone or after seeking professional help to no avail, divorce may seem like the only way out. However, in most situations, divorce may be as dangerous as staying in an abusive marriage.

In our practice, we have come face-to-face with far too many violent and abusive relationships. We have seen how these marriages tear all involved parties apart -- individually and as a family unit. We know that violence and abuse have negative effects on both spouses and on the children a couple may share. Our attorneys also understand that it is typically extremely difficult for victims of abuse to find enough courage to leave.

Even when abused spouses do find the courage to get away, violence and abuse often follows them and may even turn deadly. While there are no easy tips that cover every situation, making a plan in advance can help victims escape. A typical escape plan may include the following.

  • Making arrangements to stay with a friend or family member
  • Seeking shelter in a safe facility for abused individuals
  • Choosing a divorce attorney who can help you find additional support
  • Having your lawyer seek a protective order against your spouse
  • Avoiding contact with your spouse if you are filing for a divorce

We know how difficult it is to leave a troubled marriage. Please reach out to our office if you are looking to divorce a violent partner. You may also continue reading our website for additional information about divorce and other family law concerns.

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