Going through a divorce is difficult. If you are going through a divorce from an abusive relationship, you know the process can be even more complicated. While you may feel uncomfortable—or be fearful—about sharing the fact that your spouse is abusive, it’s imperative that you share this information with your divorce attorney. Your case and your family’s safety and well-being could hinge upon this information.
First things first: If you fear for your own safety and/or for the safety of your children, leave your home immediately and seek protection. You can deal with the legalities of your divorce once you’re all out of harm’s way. Domestic abuse is a very serious issue that can put you and your children in serious danger, and it tends to escalate with the stress of divorce proceedings. Always put your family’s safety first. A domestic violence shelter might offer you immediate help.
Connecticut is a no-fault divorce state, which means that either spouse can file for divorce based solely on the assertion that the marriage has irretrievably broken down. This doesn’t, however, mean that the court will never take the parties’ actions into consideration in the final analysis. The court has the discretion to determine a spouse’s fault in a divorce, but this rarely has a significant impact on the outcome of the case unless the spouse’s actions are considered egregious. Abuse is a prime example of egregious behavior that Connecticut courts take very seriously.
Many people who suffer abuse at the hand of their spouses are frightened and ashamed to talk about the abuse. By sharing this information with your divorce attorney, however, you provide him or her with the tools to help you protect yourself and your children. Without this crucial information, your attorney will not be able to build a case that adequately protects your family into the future. Spousal abuse plays a substantial role in divorce proceedings, and the court should always be aware of any abuse issues.
In addition to fighting for your case, your Connecticut divorce lawyer can better help you understand your options as your process through a divorce with an abusive partner. Divorce is stressful and unpredictable in the best of times. When you combine domestic abuse, things can quickly become volatile. Your divorce lawyer will know what resources are available to you should you need assistance in keeping your family safe.
At The Law Offices of Piazza, Simmons & Grant, L.L.C., in Stamford, Connecticut, we know how difficult divorce can be, and we’re here to help. If abuse plays a role in your divorce, share that information with our experienced divorce attorneys so that we can not only fight for your case’s best possible resolution but also help you protect your safety and well-being. Our dedicated family law attorneys care about you and your case, so please contact or call us at (203) 348-2465 today.