Couples who are having serious trouble with their marriage are sometimes able to work things out through counseling. Misunderstandings and confusion can take hold of a relationship in unexpected ways, and sometimes a counselor is able to help spouses carefully and calmly identify their differences and resolve them.
A primary objective of the divorce process is to reach a final agreement on matters such as property division, spousal support, child support and parenting time. Until that agreement is reached, however, the period of separation may be fraught with uncertainty.
When domestic violence is an issue in any Florida divorce or separation of partners, it is extremely important to take immediate legal action to address the situation. If you have been a victim of domestic abuse, then your primary concern should be safety. Contact police and get to a safe place as soon as you can. Once you're there, you can take additional legal steps to help ensure that the abuse never happens again.
Child custody disagreements too often escalate into violence. Florida has recently experienced a number of such encounters, and at least in a couple of situations, such episodes occurred in public locations.
A Florida psychology professor has been highly critical of The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) in that it often unfairly is used to strip men of their rights as a father and husband. According to this individual, the presumption in domestic violence situations often is that the man is a fault. Sadly, there are circumstances when such accusations of abuse turn out to be false.