Domestic Violence Proceedings Now Evidence in Divorce Court
An important bill was passed by Maryland state legislatures that will offer protection to domestic violence victims as the proceed with a divorce. Maryland House Bill 293 was introduced in January and passed unanimously by both the senate and the house of representatives. The wording was changed slightly from the original bill, but remains essentially the same. The bill was signed into law by the governor in May.
Prior to the passage of the law, domestic violence proceedings were not permitted to be entered into divorce court as evidence. This bill repeals that provision, and anyone seeking a divorce may now use domestic violence as evidence in divorce court. This is important because the accused or convicted abuser cannot change their story in divorce court. Protective orders gained from a domestic violence case may also be used as evidence during divorce proceedings.
This law is an attempt to provide further protections for victims of violence throughout the state. If you or someone you love is the victim of physical abuse at the hands of a spouse, you have legal rights. There is assistance available for anyone being abused at the hands of another.
If you are considering divorce in Columbia and have been the victim of domestic violence, please reach out to our experienced family law attorney. We have experience defending people like yourself and we have the resources necessary to assist you. Call our office today to schedule your free case evaluation and discover more about how we can help you.