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Divorce: What should I do when domestic violence is an issue?

Divorces are usually stressful situations in Raleigh that both parties want to finalize quickly. When domestic violence is a factor, one spouse usually has more reasons to rush through the process. Besides feeling trapped, afraid and frustrated about your circumstances, you may feel as if divorce is the only way for you to get the freedom you need. 

Leaving your spouse is one of the biggest decisions you can make to break free of the abusive grip your partner may have on you. Keep in mind that it is not the only thing you can do to protect yourself and your kids from them. Here some other steps you should take to ensure your safety as you close the door on this chapter of your life. 

Inform the courts 

You should not feel ashamed and embarrassed about your situation. Many people are and have been in abusive relationships. According to Psychology Today, 10 million people experience domestic violence from an intimate partner each year. It is important for you to let the courts know about how aggressive and abusive your spouse has been towards you and your kids. The courts will take your children’s best interests into consideration and may issue a temporary restraining order and custody order to prevent further endangerment. 

Get support 

The emotional effects of abuse often last far longer than the physical ones. You might want to seek out professional help from a therapist for you and your kids. Surround yourself with loved ones and friends who can provide a steady source of support so you are better capable of overcoming any challenges you may experience. 

You may be feeling overwhelmed at the thought of finally putting an end to this frightening experience. They are normal, and you should not let that feeling stop you from moving forward. You do not have to go through it alone. The right therapist and attorney can provide guidance so you and your children in an environment where fear and violence persist.

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