When domestic violence is an issue in your marriage or during your separation, you need an experienced Indiana divorce attorney on your side. At The Bellinger Law Office, you can trust us to act in your best interests, obtaining protective orders as needed, gathering evidence in support of your claims, and acting as a strong legal advocate to ensure you get what you are entitled to in a divorce settlement.
Domestic Violence In Indiana
Domestic violence affects men, women, and children of all ages and from all walks of life. Defined as any type of threatening or abusive behavior, the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) states that it is often used as a way of demeaning another in order to forcefully gain power or control over the relationship. During marriage or divorce proceedings, domestic violence can take any of the following forms:
- Physical abuse, such as hitting, punching, or kicking;
- Sexual abuse and harassment;
- Verbal put-downs and threats;
- Stalking at home, work, or school;
- Displaying weapons as a means of intimidation;
- Restricting a spouse’s activities and withholding money.
Domestic violence is taken seriously in our area and should be reported immediately to law enforcement. Under the Indiana Criminal Code, violence against spouses, children, or others living in the home can result in criminal charges and penalties which include heavy fines and a jail sentence.
The Impact Of Domestic Violence In Indiana Divorce
In some divorce cases, domestic violence may have been an issue during the marriage. In others, it begins during the separation or after divorce paperwork has been filed. In either situation, it is important to know that there are legal remedies available to help.
At The Bellinger Law Office, our Ft. Wayne divorce attorney can pursue a protective order through the local Illinois Circuit Court, which can prohibit your spouse from appearing at your home or contacting you at work, school, or in other public places. Violating the order can result in civil contempt charges and arrest. Domestic violence could also impact divorce-related matters, including:
- Marital property division;
- Spousal support and maintenance;
- Child custody, support, and visitation.
As the result of damages caused by your spouse, you may be entitled to a larger divorce settlement and full custody of your children.
Contact Our Indiana Divorce Attorney Today
When it comes to your safety and the safety of those you love, get the protection you need and contact the Bellinger Law Office today. We can arrange a one on one consultation with our experienced Indiana divorce attorney, who can advise you on the best course of action in your case. Get the caring, professional legal representation you need, and contact our Ft. Wayne office today.