Domestic violence is a huge issue in NYC. Millions of people are victims of domestic violence, each year. The overwhelming, are women. This can impact your children, and all of your other work place relationships. In general, domestic violence can impact your entire life. Many studies have shown that domestic violence occurs in 2/3 of all marriages. 95% of victims are women. Many children, who are abused and/or witness abuse of a parent – become abusive themselves. The cycle continues.
One of the questions we hear commonly, is whether the domestic violence can be used as a ground for divorce. The answer, according to fellow divorce lawyer in NYC Anna Goncalves, is yes – it can. Violence is an ongoing threat. If your spouse is violent, you have to take steps to protect your safety, and your children. While commonly, people use infidelity or some other “marriage,” related clause to break a marriage — domestic violence is another reason for a divorce. If warranted, you should bring up the issue of domestic violence. If your spouse has not been convicted of domestic violence – then you should bring up an evidence in your divorce proceedings. Things like protective orders, can be used as evidence.