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Domestic violence can occur during Colorado divorce

Domestic violence can happen anytime and anywhere, even during a divorce. When a person files for divorce who has previously been abused in some way, that person should address that fact with his or her attorney from the beginning. However, some attorneys are finding that sometimes the abuse does not begin until after the divorce papers are filed. Colorado residents who are experiencing domestic violence during a divorce may be interested in more information on what to do.

Domestic violence does not have to be physical abuse. It can also include freedoms being restricted and control of available resources. Emotional and mental abuse are also common forms of domestic violence. Victims of any type of abuse need to put their safety and the safety of their children first.

According to a survey conducted by the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, 63 percent of the lawyers who responded believe that the courts are not addressing domestic violence adequately and should do more to help the victims. They also found that 32 percent have seen a noticeable increase in the number of domestic violence issues in the previous five years, while 6 percent saw a decrease. They also found that 36 percent saw an increase in restraining orders being issued during divorce proceedings, while only 8 percent saw a decrease.

Family law attorneys in Colorado are available to guide a person throughout the process of a divorce, including by providing options for getting protection from an abusive partner. These attorneys can point victims to the agencies that are set up to assist in the process of leaving an abuser. There are also legal proceedings that can help to deter an abuser from returning to his or her bad ways.

Source:, "When divorce and domestic violence collide", James McLaren, April 14, 2015

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