Life can be wonderful. Think about the gifts we’re given: a beautiful blue sky, the sound of the waves crashing against the shore, the laughter of kids at play, a loving relationship. But, sometimes the bubble bursts and you have to deal with the awful side of life. How do you get through the hard times?
Some say the most stressful of hard times include having a death in the family, losing a job, or battling a serious illness. I’d have to agree. However, it may be worth your time to prepare for another nasty situation…divorce and domestic violence. Just in case.
When it comes to relationships, anything can happen. Even this:
Somebody cheated. Why? The simple answer is they’re not happy. To avoid divorce and domestic violence, you might want to try the suggestions from this Dance Safari post, “Spice Up Your Love Life with Ballroom Dancing“.
The discovery of cheating may lead to the relationship turning violent. The result is painful both physically and emotionally. There’s no question an Order of Protection will be granted and charges will be pressed.
Payback time. “If you press charges, before you know it I’ll run up those credit cards. You don’t know the meaning of the words ‘hard times’!“
An ugly, bitter, revengeful divorce is not something to be taken lightly. By all means, change the locks and fortify the residence. Also, don’t forget to let the children’s teachers and school officials know that your spouse is not permitted to remove the children from school or daycare.
Child Custody Battle
Often the divorce involves one person who is trying to hurt the other. In that case, it doesn’t take much to make a call to Child Protective Services with false allegations. Yup, nothing like good, old-fashioned dirty tricks. Be prepared with notes and photographs if you’re unjustly accused of creating hard times for the children.
If there’s visitation, it will be spelled out by the judge on the Order of Protection. It’s important to know that the court must authorize any changes to the schedule.
Testifying about divorce and domestic violence at a criminal trial!
Talk about nerve-wracking!
Coping with Divorce and Domestic Violence
Getting help and support from family and friends is the number one way to make it through these hard times. Additionally, you’ve got to stay busy. For example, going to work, gardening, housework, or doing home improvements are all projects that will keep you moving.
Counseling and therapy will help get you through this crisis, as well. Equally important, make sure the kids have access to it, too.
Oh, and don’t forget to hire a really good attorney, Use this link if you can’t afford a lawyer.
The purpose of this post is not to scare you. But, bad things can happen to good people. Look for the signs, and be ready to take action when you need to. Remember, you can do hard things during hard times.
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