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Spousal Abuse Can Affect Divorce Hearings

If you are going through the divorce process with an abusive spouse, you can request orders of protection from the court, such as a temporary restraining order. This will ensure your spouse remains away from you and does not contact you, with significant penalties if they disobey. When a restraining order is in place, this Read More

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What to Do if You’re a Victim of Domestic Abuse

Domestic abuse is unfortunately all too common — and many cases go unreported. If you are married to an abusive spouse, there are several steps you can take to get out of the relationship and protect yourself and your children: Keep it quiet: First and foremost, never alert your abuser about your plans to leave Read More

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Recognizing the Signs of an Abusive Relationship

In some situations, it can take time for victims of domestic abuse to realize that they are in an abusive relationship. This is especially true when the abuse isn’t physical. Cuts and bruises are clear symptoms of abuse, but the mental and emotional scarring is not always as easy to notice and confront. With this Read More

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How Does Domestic Violence Affect Child Custody in Minnesota?

Minnesota courts take domestic abuse seriously as it relates to child custody. In most cases, physical custody goes to the parent who provides most of the children’s daily care. Legal custody is typically shared by both parents, who then must work together to make decisions regarding education, medicine, culture, religion and other issues. This can Read More

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The Impact of Domestic Abuse on Divorce

Minnesota, like many states, does not require individuals to cite a reason for seeking divorce. However, if there has been domestic abuse in your marriage, it could impact how the divorce process moves forward. Abuse victims can receive certain protections and benefits throughout the process. The following are just a few of the ways domestic Read More

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The Effect of Domestic Violence on Child Custody in Minnesota

Child custody is one of the most complex and difficult matters relating to a divorce. When parents cannot agree to a custody arrangement, they will often petition a court for assistance, putting a judge in the position of deciding how to allocate custody. For Minnesota courts, the most important factor a judge considers is what Read More

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Understanding Orders for Protection in Minnesota

If you are living in an abusive situation, you need to know what you can do to protect yourself and your children. They had names, birthdates and lives, until they became victims of domestic violence. In 2013, Nancy Sullivan, her adult daughter and her daughter’s boyfriend were helping Nancy move out of a house she Read More

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Afraid in Your Own Home: Domestic Abuse in Minnesota

Most victims of domestic violence suffer in silence. Afraid to stand up, afraid to walk away, some victims refuse to believe they are being abused. Deaths from domestic violence are increasing in Minnesota. If you are being abused, getting help is critical. In Minnesota last year, 14 women and one man were killed by intimate Read More

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