Domestic violence is a serious issue that can have a significant impact on divorce proceedings. In Colorado, domestic violence is taken very seriously. If you or someone you know is going through a divorce and has been a victim of domestic violence, it is important to understand how it can affect your case.
Here are some key things to keep in mind:
Domestic Violence Can Impact Child Custody Arrangments
In Colorado, the court's primary concern in child custody cases is the best interests of the child. If one parent has a history of domestic violence, the court may determine that it is not in the best interests of the child to spend time alone with that parent. In extreme cases, the court may even terminate the abusive parent's parental rights.
Domestic Violence Can Impact Spousal Support
If one spouse has been a victim of domestic violence, the court may award them more spousal support to help them get back on their feet. Additionally, if the abusive spouse is ordered to pay spousal support, they may be required to do so through wage garnishment or other means to ensure that the victim receives the support they are entitled to.
Domestic Violence Can Impact Property Division
In Colorado, marital property is divided equitably between the spouses. However, if one spouse has been a victim of domestic violence, the court may award them a larger share of the marital property to compensate them for the abuse they have suffered.
Domestic Violence Can Impact the Divorce Process
If there is a history of domestic violence, the court may order the abusive spouse to stay away from the victim and their children. Additionally, the court may order the abusive spouse to attend anger management classes or other counseling to address their behavior.
If you are going through a divorce and have been a victim of domestic violence, it is important to work with an experienced family law attorney who can help you navigate the legal system. At Law Office of Alexandra White, PC, we have extensive experience representing clients in domestic violence cases and can help you understand your rights and options.
Contact us today to learn more about how we can help!
If you or someone you know is in immediate danger, please call 911 or the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233 for assistance.