Divorcing an Abusive Partner
Divorcing a partner who is physically or verbally abusive can be difficult and costly. Find out what you need to do to stay safe.
Going through a divorce is challenging enough. Add physical or emotional abuse to the mix and you are looking at a dangerous situation. Domestic violence is a serious situation in a marriage. It can be hard to leave such an environment. You may be scared of your partner’s reaction to you leaving, especially if you have been physically abused in the past. This is why a successful divorce in this situation requires thorough planning, a ton of courage, and excellent legal representation.
Divorce can be Costly
Divorcing an abusive partner can be much more expensive than a regular divorce for several reasons. Mediation is almost always out of the question because the abusive partner is unwilling to negotiate. They want everything, and they do not think the other spouse should get anything. They will do what they can to stir up more drama and negativity.
This means that divorces involving abusive partners end up in the courtroom. An abusive partner has no problem taking the other spouse to court multiple times to make them “pay” for wanting to leave the marriage. Such a divorce can cost tens of thousands of dollars and take years to resolve. Many women end up with no money and become homeless. In fact, 50% of homeless women cite domestic violence as the reason For their situation.
How to Protect Yourself
If your spouse is emotionally or physically abusive, start taking steps now to protect yourself. Good planning can help.
- Get a separate bank account. You need to leave the situation, and things will be easier if you have access to money. Put money in a bank account and get a credit card in your name only. This will make it harder for your spouse to take money away from you.
- Gather evidence. Texas is a no-fault state when it comes to divorce. However, evidence of domestic violence can be used in court to strengthen your case. Gather police reports, medical information and any communication for your abusive partner, such as emails and texts.
- Get legal help. A lawyer who has experience with domestic violence cases is ideal. They can help you get a restraining order and other orders of protection for the safety of you and your children. They can help you gather the evidence you need and prepare you for court. Your lawyer can also notify your spouse of the divorce to protect you from any violence.
Get Help with Your Divorce by Contacting a Texas Divorce Attorney
It can be challenging and costly to divorce an abusive spouse, but you should not feel trapped in your marriage. The safety of yourself and your children should be your top priority.
Get the help you need from Pearland divorce attorney John Powell III. We take domestic violence cases seriously and help you understand your rights and options during this stressful time. Schedule a consultation by filling out the online form or calling (832) 850-6095.