Divorce is rarely an easy process, and it can be made more difficult when there are abuse issues involved. If you're a woman divorcing your abusive husband, there are some things you can do to help make the process of ending your marriage easier on you.
Georgia lawmakers may soon consider a significant change to the state's domestic violence laws. A Georgia prosecutor along with domestic violence advocates in Athens wants the offense of strangulation to be charged as a felony. As it stands, strangulation or choking typically amounts to a simple battery charge.
Here in Georgia, victims of domestic violence can often obtain a temporary restraining order very quickly. This is done by petitioning the court for an ex parte restraining order, which allows the victim to get a restraining order without a hearing or even any response from the alleged abuser. While this is a very important step that victims can take to protect themselves and their children from an abuser, some critics have complained that Georgia's laws fall short when it comes to preventing domestic violence.
It is an unfortunate truth that domestic violence exists in many homes in our community. Whether it is in your own home or in one of your neighbor's, domestic abuse is a very real problem that causes many people in Georgia great harm.
Over the last two weeks, 12 people have died from domestic violence in Georgia. Most of the victims were women and children, all trapped in the same cycle of threats and abuse.
During a hearing in a judge's chamber near Georgia, an ex-Marine reportedly became infuriated and attacked his estranged wife, after a court ruling granted her child support for their two children as part of a divorce settlement.
During the month of October football players wear hot pink gloves or shoes, the post office has special breast cancer stamps and coffee shops have hot pink sleeves covering their cups to remind people that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. No color has been designated by the media to represent domestic violence, but it is important to remember that October is also Domestic Violence Awareness Month in Georgia and across the nation.
Divorce studies often show that married couples with first-born daughters are more likely to get divorced than couples who have had a first-born son. In fact, in a study done in 2003 at UC Berkeley, it was found that the risk of divorce was 5 percent higher with a first-born daughter than with a son, and it was 10 percent higher when the couple had three or more daughters.