If you and your abuser cannot agree on the divorce terms, you may need to resolve your disputes by a judge in court.
Trials may require you, your abuser and other witnesses to testify and submit to questioning about your marriage; the process can be intense, combative, and physically and emotionally draining. You should be familiar with the laws and procedures; this knowledge is critical to maintaining your rights. Visit WomensLaw.org.
While you can represent yourself at any stage of litigation, including settlement and trial, you should consult a family law attorney with domestic violence expertise before you decide to do so.
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After a judge issues a ruling on your divorce or custody case, you may be entitled to challenge the decision regarding one or more aspects of your case, as long as the grounds for your challenge meet the requirements of your state law. Before you consider filing an appeal, consult a family law attorney with domestic violence expertise as the appellate process can be very complex and expensive.
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