This toolkit tells you about divorce if you have experienced domestic violence. This toolkit is for you if you and your spouse have minor children. Domestic violence in a relationship can impact a divorce. Domestic violence can be worst when a relationship ends. If domestic violence has happened to you, you may want to be safe and separate from your spouse before starting a divorce. If you need help with this, call a domestic violence shelter or agency. Consider talking to a lawyer before representing yourself in a divorce. If you cannot afford a lawyer, your local legal aid office may be able to help you.
For general information about the divorce process and how domestic violence can affect it, read the Articles. Read the Common Questions if you have a specific question. If you want to file for divorce, or if your spouse has filed for divorce, use the Court Forms links for help preparing the forms you will need. Use one of the Checklists below to follow all the steps in the process. The links under Court Information will tell you about the court that will handle your case.