Domestic violence is never acceptable in any situation. Domestic violence doesn’t just refer to physical abuse; it can be mental and emotional abuse, too. Intimidation is commonly used to keep partners close to an abusive man or woman, even though the relationship is soured.
Something you may not know is that domestic violence can take place even after your relationship is over. If you’re seeking a divorce, you may think that the violence will end, but it’s still possible to face threats, degrading comments and physical violence with an ex-partner. That’s why it’s very important to speak up about domestic violence; without the knowledge that this violence is taking place, a court can do little to prevent it from happening.
In a divorce and child custody case, domestic violence can be a determining factor in how a child’s life will work out in the future. If a father or mother is abusive, the goal would be to keep that child out of harm’s way and with the other parent if possible. If no child is involved, the court can still take steps to prevent a partner from reaching out to or harassing the other.
Safety is key in these situations, and the court is likely to act on any allegations, whether or not they’re truthful. Both parties should be prepared to deal with allegations or the potential for violence by speaking with their lawyers. Our website has more information on domestic violence and how it’s treated in the courts, so you can have a better idea of the steps you need to take to avoid harassment.