The issues underlying a divorce or family law case create some of the most highly emotionally charged of all legal proceedings. Domestic violence during a marriage (or other relationship) may continue after a divorce (or separation of parties), and the results can be tragic.
The goal of the lawyers of Krieger & Ongert, Attorneys at Law is to help you through this difficult time with the best possible outcome. Whether you're in a marriage or other relationship, ending the cycle of domestic violence and abuse is critical.
The firm brings extensive experience handling domestic violence issues. They have worked with courts on behalf of their clients to issue temporaryrestraining orders, temporary injunctions and protective orders.
Divorce is very emotional and can lead to confusion, uncertainty and anger. Unfortunately, some people become extremely bitter after a divorce resulting in domestic violence or stalking against ex-spouses.
Emotional and physical abuse affect both spouses, with wives affected 60 percent of the time and husbands 40 percent. Family violence destroys children, relationships, the sense of safety, and the feelings of confidence and hope.
Domestic violence and emotional abuse are used try to control the other person in a relationship. There are many different forms of domestic abuse, including:
- Physical abuse - Physical abuse is hitting, slapping, shoving, grabbing, pinching, biting, hair pulling and other forms of physical harm. Denying a person medical care or forcing alcohol or drug use can also be physical abuse. This type of domestic violence is considered criminal behavior.
- Sexual abuse - Pressuring or attempting to pressure a victim into sexual behaviors without consent is considered sexual abuse. This may include marital rape, attacks on sexual parts of the body, forcing sex after physical violence or treating a victim in a sexually demeaning manner. Sexual abuse is also considered criminal behavior.
- Emotional abuse - An abuser uses emotional abuse to undermine the victim's sense of self-worth and self-esteem. Some forms of emotional abuse are constant criticism, diminishing the victim's abilities, name-calling or damaging the victim's relationship with his or her children. Although emotional abuse may not be considered criminal, it can lead to criminal behavior.
- Economic/financial abuse - Attempting to make the victim financially dependent is economic or financial abuse. This may include: maintaining control over financial resources, withholding money or forbidding the victim from attending school or from holding a job.
Courts are authorized to issue temporary restraining orders, temporary injunctions and protective orders.
These legal remedies can apply not only to interspousal violence but to violence between other family members and even between same-sex couples. The lawyers at Krieger & Ongert, Attorneys at Law can help stop the cycle of abuse. To schedule a free initial consultation with an experienced family law violence lawyer in Texas, call 281-486-8125 or contact us online.