Divorce is never an easy decision and the process is rarely without some degree of contention, but what if one spouse isn’t ready to sign the papers, either out of hope of reconciliation, fear of losing or sharing custody of children, or simply to make the process as difficult as possible for the other spouse?
Domestic abuse can be very difficult for victims to talk about. Many abuse victims have long histories of keeping the abuse they’ve suffered hidden so it becomes a challenge to overcome the strong feelings of shame and secrecy.
No two divorces are the same and some are much more complex to navigate than others, depending on the amount of property to divide, whether or not there are children, and whether both parties can agree to an out-of-court settlement.
Divorce is a difficult prospect to face even under the best of circumstances when spouses agree to part amicably. But when one spouse has been the victim of years of gaslighting by the other, leaving a toxic marriage becomes even more challenging.