Domestic Violence and Michigan Divorce

Domestic Violence and Michigan Divorce:  Michigan divorce cases are not immune to domestic violence.  Domestic violence is about power and control.  Abusers threaten violence or use violence to control another.  They know that fear provides lasting and intimidating power which damages the self-esteem of the victim.


When a victim hears they are worthless and incompetent over and over they eventually begin to believe it and lose hope that their situation can change.

What is domestic violence?  Simply put, domestic violence is any act that forces a person to do something they do not want to do by instilling them with fear.   

Domestic violence includes physical abuse, verbal abuse, financial abuse, sexual abuse, psychological abuse and stalking.

Abusive relationships can take on a predictable pattern called the cycle of abuse.  The cycle of abuse provides:

  1. Tension building phase:  Poor communication, passive aggressiveness, rising interpersonal tension.
  2. Acting-out phase (abuse):  Violent outbursts (physical, verbal or emotional)
  3. Reconciliation / Honeymoon phase:  “I am sorry” . . . “I did not mean it”  . . . “I love you”
  4. Calm phase

Repeat (Go to tension building phase).

Unfortunately, once this abusive cycle of abuse starts, it is very difficult to change because victims of abuse become masters at minimizing the abuse.

Change is difficult.  Domestic violence is a problem that can be overcome, if the victim is willing to stand up to abuse.  We can help.  Our Michigan divorce lawyers understand domestic violence and the law. 

We can assist victims in obtaining a:

  • Personal protection order to prevent stalking, verbal and physical abuse;
  • Financial restraining orders to prevent financial abuse;
  • Financial status quo orders to prevent financial abuse and insure the bills are paid;
  • Criminal prosecution; and
  • Divorce or legal separation.

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By:  Daniel Findling

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