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Dealing with Domestic Violence During Your Divorce

When domestic violence is an issue in your divorce, there are a number of extra considerations involved. First and foremost, you need to keep yourself and your children safe.

The following are some steps you should take to deal with domestic violence as you prepare for your divorce:

  • Contact law enforcement: Do not wait for the violence to turn physical. Any threat of harm or actions intended to cause fear constitute domestic violence. Follow the advice of the police and make sure you are proactive when it comes to the safety of you and your children.
  • Have your spouse psychologically evaluated: In the course of a divorce, you may seek psychological assistance for your spouse. Sometimes these evaluations reveal that your spouse is dealing with some sort of mental health disorder.
  • Seek evaluations for child custody: Have a trained expert child custody evaluation if there are any disputes over potential custody arrangements.
  • Attend individual counseling: By attending solo counseling sessions, you may find the courage to speak up about the presence of abuse within your home.
  • Never be afraid to speak up: If you are a victim, tell someone you trust. This is the only way you will receive help and it is an absolute must if you hope to protect yourself and your children.

For the assistance you need when dealing with domestic violence during your divorce, work with a trusted Minneapolis family law attorney at Appelhof, Pfeifer & Hart, P.A.

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