If You Are Divorcing an Abusive Spouse, Your Attorney Needs to Know

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If Your Spouse Is Abusive, Your Divorce Attorney Needs to Know

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 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, and you can trust him or her to put you and your children’s welfare first.

Safety 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.

A Texas Divorce

While Texas is a no-fault divorce state, this does not mean that domestic abuse will not be considered. Either spouse can file for a no-fault divorce, and that spouse need not provide a reason for doing so. Nevertheless, 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 factor abuse when determining the circumstances of your divorce decree.

Your Attorney Needs to Know

Abuse begets secrecy, which is what allows it to proliferate. Victims of spousal abuse are often overwhelmed by the burden of this secrecy. The fact is that 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, however, 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. If you have endured spousal abuse, it 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 or call us at (254) 220-4225 today.

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