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Domestic Abuse in a Texas Divorce

Fort Worth divorce attorney helps you get the protection you need

Domestic abuse can take many forms. It’s not always physical abuse that first comes to mind when you think of domestic violence. It can also be emotional abuse, mental abuse, financial abuse, and even sexual abuse. Leaving a relationship that involves domestic abuse can be difficult, but weathering a divorce when there has been domestic abuse is even more challenging.

The Fort Worth divorce attorneys at The Law Office of Kyle Whitaker are compassionate to your situation. If you have been a victim of domestic abuse, we help you navigate the divorce process fighting, protecting your legal rights and, in some cases, your physical safety every step of the way. We can also help you through the child custody and support battle if there are children involved in the relationship. We are committed to helping victims of domestic abuse start their lives over with the financial means and protection they deserve.

Getting a domestic violence protection order during the divorce

Hopefully, you sought a protection order as soon as you left your spouse. Many abusers turn more erratic and violent when their victims try to leave, and may go to great lengths to track down their victims to hurt them again. Yet, many victims shy away from engaging with the legal system because it puts too much stress and pressure on them after all they’ve already been through.

Our legal team helps you get the protective orders you need quickly and as smoothly as possible. We can help with an emergency order where necessary, as well as referring you to helpful community resources and agencies. Our goal is to keep you safe while fighting for the financial support and other protections you need. We call on witnesses, present photographs and videos, subpoena medical records, and do whatever is needed to present evidence of your abuse and make the strongest case possible on your behalf.

How does domestic abuse influence child custody proceedings?

In Texas, as in most other states, courts primarily consider the best interests of the children when they decide on child custody and support. Most people would agree that children being abused, or being exposed to adults abusing each other, would not be in their best interest. But proving that the abuse has taken place can be difficult, particularly if the abuse was not physical. We gather all available evidence to prove the abuse you suffered and to show how it would negatively impact your children. That may include calling on experts such as child psychologists who can testify about the long-term impact of an abusive relationship.

Our Fort Worth family lawyers are dedicated to protecting you and your family

We have been helping Texas families for more than 25 years. If you need help, call our office at (817) 332-7703 or use our secure online form to schedule a free consultation. Start building the future that you deserve free of abuse. When you choose The Law Office of Kyle Whitaker to handle your case, you can expect one-on-one attention from a team of legal professionals who are here to help you overcome your legal challenges. We have two offices conveniently located in Fort Worth & Southlake.