Divorce can get extremely complicated when children are involved. Children usually do not want to part with their parents. In many situations, they would prefer for their parents to live together. However, in the best interest of the child, the court will often order one parent to have custody of the child and the other parent will pay child support.
Sadly, domestic assault is not uncommon among married couples and people intimate relationships. There are many types of domestic violence, as described in a previous blog post. Victims of domestic violence hold the key to stop the abuse. Here in Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, local residents should know their rights so that they understand what to do if they become victims of abuse.
Domestic assault is not limited to spousal abuse. As a Pennsylvania woman unfortunately recently found out, domestic violence can happen with unmarried couples, as well. Married or not, though, a person behind the abuse still may be held legally responsible for domestic violence.
In recent years, Philadelphia communities have witnessed numerous acts of violence against women and children. In fact, domestic violence has reached an all-time high among violent crimes. Police have reported 162 occurrences of domestic violence in the 181st district in 2013, overtaking homicides and aggravated assaults by handgun.
Family-related abuse comes in many forms, including domestic assault, sexual abuse and stalking. The issue of domestic violence has become so prevalent around the world that international authorities want to see it addressed as a worldwide health problem.
Since 2008, violence within the family has been on the increase. Regardless of their financial status, victims may be subjected to spousal abuse ranging from emotional and sexual abuse to physical assault. In Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and other parts of the country, domestic violence is an issue calling for attention and action.