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The people you may meet if your divorce involves domestic abuse

In our last post, we discussed the divorce of Johnny Depp and Amber Heard. One noteworthy aspect of the divorce was that it was filed after just 15 months of marriage. However, another element of that divorce that is making headlines is the fact that Heard has accused Depp of domestic violence.

Domestic violence allegations must be taken very seriously, particularly in situations where two people are getting divorced. If you are considering divorce and struggling with domestic violence, you should understand that you won't have to go through this process alone. There are numerous parties you may encounter during these types of divorces.

According to Florida statutes addressing divorce and domestic violence, the parties who may be involved in the divorce proceedings could include:

  • Judges
  • Mediators (in some cases)
  • Police officers that deliver or enforce restraining orders
  • A psychologist (if you have children)
  • A parenting coordinator (if you have children)
  • Guardian ad litem (if you have children)
  • Financial analysts
  • Attorneys

These parties should all be capable of addressing the various ramifications of domestic abuse allegations and divorce, and appreciate the fact that it is a very sensitive situation. While this can all seem overwhelming, you should understand that there are guidelines and laws in place to protect you and your interests if you are the victim of abuse.

However, it is understandable that you might be hesitant to involve so many parties in your divorce. This can be especially true when you are already concerned with all the other people in your life who may get involved, including friends and family.

Talking to your attorney about your situation and how you may be able to keep certain details private can be crucial. Getting a divorce from someone who is or was abusive or violent should be about seeking security and a better future, not having to publicize the private details of your marriage.

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