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Is violence a reason to divorce?

Some couples simply know when it is time to bring a marriage to a close, but for other married couples in Oregon, the decision is not always so clear. The confusion can be quite understandable, especially as most couples walk down the aisle with the intention of fully intertwining their life with that of their spouse. However, no matter a couple's intentions at the time of marriage, there are some warning signs that might indicate that a divorce is the healthiest option for everyone involved.

There is a significant difference between a constructive spouse and one who is overly critical. Constructive criticism might walk a fine line, but the ultimate goal is to help an individual reach their highest potential. Conversely, a critical spouse might be little more than degrading, argumentative and even emotionally abusive. These types of individuals might also exhibit a tendency to be controlling or even possessive of their spouse. Although there is professional help for these types of issues, if the verbally abusive party refuses to go or actively make an effort to participate, the victim might best helped by separating from his or her spouse. 

Verbal abuse isn't the only type of behavior that might indicate that a marriage is not healthy for either party. Sadly, physical abuse between spouses continues to exist, putting many men and women at risk for physical injury at the hands of their loved one. It can be difficult and at times even dangerous to leave these types of marriages, but a solid plan and careful guidance can help the divorce process from an abusive spouse run smoothly. 

Addressing domestic violence in a marriage can be a difficult and touchy topic, but it is important for Oregon victims to understand their options and rights when it comes to divorce. Even if an abusive spouse threatens to keep certain assets or keep any children away, these decisions are not necessarily in their control. Instead, mediation and -- if necessary -- litigation before a judge can ensure that both parties conclude the divorce proceedings with a fair and agreeable divorce settlement.

Source: The Huffington Post, "6 Signs It's Time To Leave Your Marriage", Rosalind Sedacca, July 6, 2015

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