Five Common Types of Domestic Abuse That Impact a Divorce Case
Even when spouses agree on ending their marriage and getting a divorce, heated disagreements can arise during the legal process. Some divorce proceedings are more contentious than others, particularly if there are disputes over money, property, or children involved. Unfortunately, the loss of control your former partner is likely experiencing and the strong emotions involved can end up revealing a darker side of his or her nature. Even if domestic abuse was never a factor in your marriage, it could become an issue during your divorce.
Common Abusive Behaviors During Divorce
Under Section 2A:34-2 of the New Jersey Statutes, extreme cruelty and acts of violence are grounds for obtaining a divorce in the state. However, there are plenty of times when this type of behavior does not happen during the married but instead becomes an issue in divorce proceedings.
Domestic abuse is generally about wanting to have control of the victim and influencing his or her actions or behaviors. In resolving divorce-related issues such as marital property division, alimony, or child custody and support, anger, fear, and frustration can cause a once-rational spouse to act out in potentially abusive ways. Behaviors you may end up encountering in your former spouse include:
Name-calling and put downs are common tactics among domestic abusers. The intent is often to manipulate you or get you to doubt yourself. Unfortunately, it is a tactic frequently employed when attempting to negotiate divorce settlements.
Having our experienced New Jersey divorce attorney on your side can prevent this from occurring. We can deal directly with your spouse’s legal counsel, minimizing your interactions and monitoring all communications.
Threats and Intimidation
Similar to verbal abuse, threats and intimidation are often tactics employed when your spouse is not getting his or her way and wants to reassert dominance in divorce negotiations. Any type of threatening or intimidating behavior needs to be taken seriously.
In cases of threats to physically harm you and those you love or to cause damage to property, the New Jersey State Police advise getting a restraining order. This restricts your spouse from having access to you. If your spouse disobeys this order, he or she can be subject to immediate arrest.
This is often one of the least discussed types of domestic abuse. In a marriage, it may involve limiting your access to funds and ownership of property. In divorce, it may involve wiping out bank accounts and selling, hiding, or giving away valuable personal assets.
Fortunately, once your divorce is filed, there is an automatic financial restraining order in effect. Even if your spouse does attempt to deplete assets, you can be compensated for them in your divorce settlement.
Sexual abuse involves rape as well as sexual harrassment. It is just as serious as any other type of abusive behavior and entitles you to a restraining order. Speak with your attorney if your spouse is putting any sexual pressure on you. In addition to jeopardizing your safety, this can significantly impact your divorce case.
Actions such as hitting, punching, pushing, or other violent behaviors are not tolerated. It is important to get to a safe place immediately, notify local law enforcement officials, and contact our attorneys so that we can take the actions needed to protect you.
Get Our Middlesex County Divorce Attorneys on Your Side
When going through a potentially contentious divorce case, the Law Office of Jordan B. Rickards, Esq. acts as a strong ally on your side to ensure you are protected. To find out how we can help you, contact our Milltown divorce attorney to schedule a consultation today.