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NY Divorce Based on Domestic Violence and Psychological Abuse


Falling out of love is a downward spiral that can trigger intense negative feelings. When those negative feelings manifest themselves in in various ways, the stage is set for domestic violence to take place.

In New York domestic violence falls under the umbrella of “cruel and inhuman treatment,” and such treatment, specially as part of a pattern established over time, may provide sufficient grounds for divorce.

Domestic violence is a pattern of physical, psychological, emotional and abusive behavior that can affect any family member regardless of their age, gender, sexual preference, ethnicity or social standing. Although the definition of domestic violence varies from state to state, it can include any acts of actual or threatened abuse including psychological, physical, sexual or financial abuse, and threatening or intimidating behavior towards a spouse.

In the context of divorce proceedings, because of the private nature of the domestic violence treatment, proving the existence of psychological,  sexual or financial abuse, and threatening or intimidating treatment can be challenging, but a domestic violence victim should a written record of the abuse and enlisted the help of any witnesses.

If you are a victim of domestic violence and are considering to pursue a divorce on the grounds of cruel and inhuman treatment, please call the Law Offices of Norka M. Schell, LLC at (212) 258-0713, as soon as possible, to discuss your options with our NY divorce attorney.

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