Surprising facts about domestic violence and divorce

Yuma, AZ – While there can be many different causes of a divorce, any kind of physical violence should be an immediate sign that the marriage needs to end and the victim should get protection and help. Even though domestic violence is taken seriously by law enforcement and punishment can be severe, it is also more common than most people realize. 

For those who need to end their marriage due to abuse or other issues, speaking with an experienced divorce lawyer is the best way to start the process. 

Information and statistics related to domestic violence 

According to Forbes.com, domestic violence is a serious and pervasive national problem [1]. Their data shows that about one in three American women will suffer some kind of abuse from an intimate partner. There are also over 20,000 calls to domestic violence hotlines from around the country each day. The author of the article also stated that when she works with women who are divorcing many of them have already either suffered from some kind of abuse or they fear that it is about to happen. When a divorce is upcoming, financial concerns also become very apparent, which can cause some individuals to spend more time around an abusive partner than they would like to. This problem can be exacerbated in situations where there is a high level of financial dependency between the spouses, or if one starts to access the other person’s money and accounts as a form of revenge. As financial information comes out during the property division phase of a divorce, sometimes one spouse may find that the other has been lying to them, and they do not have an ownership interest in things like real property or businesses.  

Does a divorcing spouse need to show that domestic violence actually happened?

Proof of domestic violence is not required to file for a divorce in Arizona and other states. One spouse can simply file the paperwork and say that the marriage has broken down to start the process of a no fault divorce, which is now the preferred way to end a marriage. Over the last several decades most jurisdictions in the United States have done away with fault based divorces, where there would need to be proof of behavior such as domestic violence, adultery, or abandonment. These cases tended to be inefficient and cause various problems.

Family attorneys are available in Yuma

Schneider and Onofry is a family law practice that assists people with issues such as divorce, child custody, alimony payments, and other matters. Their attorneys can provide more info during an initial meeting. 

USAttorneys.com is a service that helps people find lawyers in their area. Anyone who needs a referral to a licensed attorney in their area can call 800-672-3103 for assistance.

Firm contact info:

Schneider & Onofry, P.C.

207 W. 2nd St., Yuma AZ 85364





  1. https://www.forbes.com/sites/jefflanders/2016/10/25/domestic-violence-and-divorce/?sh=5198520c401d
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