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Marriages end for many reasons. Often it is because of irreconcilable differences or spouses growing apart over time. Divorce is rarely a happy occasion, but many people can move forward from the relationship, and in some cases, even cultivate a healthy relationship, especially when parenting is involved, despite a divorce.

Unfortunately, there are also cases in which one spouse was abused during the marriage and the process of ending the relationship is much more difficult. If you have dealt with abuse in your marriage, it is imperative you find an attorney who has experience with similar circumstances and can offer the guidance you need during this extremely difficult time. If you believe your spouse could react poorly and pose a threat to your safety or the safety of your children, you must take all the necessary precautions to protect you and your children.

The Process of Divorce when Abuse Has Occurred

Divorcing couples have many options regarding the process of their divorce, but for marriages in which there was abuse, options are usually limited. Your attorney should discuss with you how to proceed and what you should avoid during the process. Alternative methods of settling a divorce, such as collaborative divorce or mediation, are not always a good option when a history of abuse exists. Be open and honest with your divorce attorney about your situation, so he or she can provide the best advice based on that information.

Additional resources are often needed when ending a marriage with a history of divorce. In addition to the usual concerns, it might also be necessary to seek emotional support for you and your children. You should never feel as if you are too weak or unable to handle your situation if you need to ask for help, and asking for support should never affect your rights as a parent, no matter what your soon-to-be-former spouse might tell you.

Safety is the Most Important Issue

First and foremost, you must take into account the safety and well-being of you and your children. This could mean finding different living arrangements, contacting authorities, keeping careful records of events that occur, or requesting special protection from the court. An experienced divorce attorney can help you with all of these things and more.

If you are considering divorce in Florida and there is a history of abuse in your marriage, the first thing you should do is contact an experienced attorney. To learn more about divorce in Florida or to schedule a consultation with an attorney, contact The Law Offices of Robert M. Geller at 813-254-5696 or use the online contact form.

Call (813) 254-5696 anytime, or use this contact form, for your free initial consultation.
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