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Understanding Types of Domestic Violence in Philadelphia Divorce Cases

By Sheryl Rentz on October 13, 2010

Domestic violence, sometimes referred to as domestic abuse, can take many forms and can involve multiple members of one’s family, including children. Domestic violence in Pennsylvania can involve physical abuse, typically in the form of striking another individual’s body; emotional abuse, in the form of verbally assaulting an individual; or sexual abuse. Intimidation tactics, such as economic deprivation and stalking, are also considered forms of domestic violence. Regardless of the form of domestic violence, the abusive behavior should immediately be reported to the proper authorities, and should certainly be considered during all divorce proceedings.

Marriage can be defined as a partnership in which both individuals involved are charged with treating the other in a fair and just manner. In divorce proceedings where one partner claims that they suffered domestic violence abuse at the hands of the other, the abused party may be able to seek benefits to help compensate for the effects of such treatment. Spouses who experience domestic violence of any form have rights, and those rights should under no circumstances be disregarded during the divorce process. Remember the most important thing to do in any domestic violence scenario is to remove yourself from the situation as soon as possible to ensure your safety and physical well being.

The Law Offices of Sheryl R. Rentz represents individuals who have been victims of domestic violence and are seeking a divorce from their spouse. Our Pennsylvania domestic violence attorneys will fight to ensure that your rights are protected. For more information about divorce proceedings involving domestic violence, please contact our offices at 610-645-0100. Our Philadelphia family law lawyers offer free telephone consultations.

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