What To Do When You’ve Had Enough

You have been married for decades and harboring a terrible a secret.

Your husband drank himself drunk every weekend. When he got drunk he got angry and violent.

Sound familiar?

This is an unfortunate reality for hundreds of women. You aren’t alone.

New Era for Women

More women have taken ownership of their lives and become more independent in the 21st century.

Many women are realizing that having a good quality relationship is more important than staying in a marriage forever and are doing something about it.

What You Can Do

When domestic violence has been part of a marriage, a divorce may be initiated on the grounds of cruelty if you are in a fault state like Maryland.

What does this mean for you?

It means if you don’t have minor children, you can get divorced because of cruelty that was committed on you by the other party, if you can prove it.

If you do have children, normally you would have to wait 1 year to get an absolute divorce. In the case of proven domestic violence, you will have no waiting period.

Whether you have children or not, you can testify and introduce evidence about abuse that occurred during the marriage. Your testimony might influence the judge’s decisions on other matters in your case.

A word of caution, however, if there were instances of abuse many years ago, it may not matter.


Are you are a loved one in a domestic violence situation? Learn more about advocating for yourself or others with my program Safely Free or call the office to set up your consult today.