Keeping Your Family Strong--Even Through Divorce

Caught In An Abusive Marriage? 3 Steps To Take When It's Time To Get Out

by Kristen Wright

If you're trapped in an abusive marriage, you might be too afraid to file for divorce. It's important for you to know that help is available. You need to sit down with a divorce attorney as soon as possible. It's also important that you take precautions to protect yourself during the divorce process. Here are three steps that will make it easier for your attorney to get you the help you need.

Tell Someone

If you're being abused, you need to tell someone. It can be difficult for your attorney to prove abuse if you've never told anyone about it. Even if you're too afraid to seek medical care for your injuries, you need to tell someone you trust about the abuse.

Have this person document the day you spoke to them by recording it in a journal. It's also a good idea to have them take pictures of your injuries. Your photographs will provide physical evidence of the abuse. Having someone else keep a journal will allow you to document your injuries without your spouse finding out.

Get an Attorney

If you're in a dangerous situation, you need to speak to an attorney as soon as possible. Make sure you tell them that you're in an abusive relationship. Take any pictures, medical reports or pictures that you have so that you can document the abuse. Your attorney will able to file the necessary paperwork for a restraining order against your spouse. This order will prevent your spouse from contacting you. Your attorney will also be able to provide you with a list of resources in your area, such as shelters where you can stay.

Join a Support Group

You don't have to be alone while you go through your divorce. Join a support group where you can talk to people who know have been in your shoes. If you're not sure how to find a group, or you want to find a group that isn't in your community, speak to your attorney. They'll have resources that can help you find the support you need.

You don't have to stay in an abusive marriage. If you've decided that it's time to leave, you need to get help as soon as possible. The steps discussed above will help you get the assistance you need. It's important to note that if you fear for your safety or are in immediate threat of injury, you need get help as soon as possible.

To learn more about how a family lawyer can help you, get in touch with an attorney, like Charles P Dargo.