What Impact Does Domestic Violence Have on a Divorce?
It’s a sad truth that domestic violence is prevalent in many households across the United States, and this abuse leads to a large number of divorces each year. Though divorce can be a means of escaping an abusive relationship, it can also add another layer of complexity and emotional issues that need to be addressed. As difficult as a divorce may be, if it means you can get away from a spouse who abuses you physically, sexually or emotionally, it will be worth it.
The Huffington Post reports that a recent survey of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML) found that:
- 32% of the lawyers stated they’ve seen an increase in domestic violence issues in the past five years, with 6% percent reporting a decrease; and
- 36% reported an increase in divorce cases with restraining orders, 8% saw a decrease.
Many spouses may feel that they are somehow to blame for the abuse they have received or embarrassed by the fact they are in an abusive relationship. Unfortunately, this feeling keeps many individuals from seeking the help they so desperately need.
The attorneys of the Salvaggio Law Group have helped many clients suffering from domestic violence. They understand the trauma you and your family are going through and can connect you with resources to help you during this difficult time. This may include the use of a restraining order to separate you from your spouse or therapy where you can share your fears and get back to a place of mental well-being.
With a central office location in Morristown, Salvaggio Law Group represents clients in family law matters throughout the state of New Jersey. The firm’s experienced legal team can advise you on all of your legal options to get away from an abusive relationship and safely obtain a divorce. Call the firm today at (973) 455-1220 for a free, confidential consultation.