Divorcing an Abusive Spouse? Your Texas Lawyer Needs to Know

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Updated on August 22, 2022

If you are facing a Texas divorce and your spouse is abusive, you need help. The stress associated with divorce can exacerbate abusive tendencies. Always put your own safety and your children’s safety first, and get the help you need.

While having an abusive partner may not be something that you necessarily want to share with the world at large, it is an important factor to share with your divorce attorney.

An experienced Central Texas divorce lawyer is committed to helping you through this dire process. You can trust him or her to put you and your children’s welfare first. Contact The Law Office of Brett H. Pritchard today for a free consultation with a considerate divorce attorney.

Safety Must Come First

Your safety and your children’s safety should always come first. You can attend to the legal aspects of your divorce once you are all out of harm’s way.

If you are in danger, or fear that you might be, seek protection. Family members, trusted friends, and community agencies can all help. Further, if you believe that danger is imminent, do not hesitate to alert the authorities.

Abuse Can Affect Your Texas Divorce

While Texas is a no-fault divorce state, this does not mean that domestic abuse will not be considered. Cruelty is considered grounds for divorce in Texas, and domestic abuse falls easily within the category of cruelty.

Texas courts take abuse very seriously, and they have wide discretion to consider abuse as a factor when determining the circumstances of your divorce decree.

Contact a divorce attorney to see how abuse could affect your divorce case.

Your Attorney Needs to Know

Abuse begets secrecy, which can be overwhelming for victims of spousal abuse. It is difficult to speak about abuse at the hand of one’s spouse. Talking about the abuse makes it that much more real, and many victims are both frightened and ashamed to share their stories.

Your experienced divorce attorney is on your side and needs to know what you have experienced in order to help protect you and your children’s rights throughout the divorce process.

Spousal abuse will play a significant role in the outcome of your divorce, and your attorney needs every available tool—in the form of information from you—in order to help protect you. Further, your attorney will help you better understand the resources that are available for victims of domestic abuse in Central Texas.

If You Are Divorcing an Abusive Spouse, You Need an Experienced Central Texas Divorce Lawyer

Divorce can escalate abuse, so protecting yourself and your children is paramount. A dedicated Central Texas divorce attorney can help.

Attorney Brett Pritchard at The Law Office of Brett H. Pritchard in Central Texas has the compassion, experience, and determination to help ensure that you and your rights are well protected throughout the divorce process—and beyond. For more information, please contact us online or call us at (254) 781-4222 today.

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