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It is astounding the number of women who have experienced domestic violence in their lifetime. The research has found that number to be 25% of women in the United States physically abused by either their husband or boyfriend every year. Why are so many women unable to end the injustice and file for divorce? Many of these women live in constant fear and have lost all power and will to file for divorce. Usually abusive husbands are extremely controlling and don't allow their wives to have any involvement in financial matters.


These stories are not uncommon, unfortunately, and even if the woman gathers enough courage to take that first step towards divorce, she figures out quickly that a lack of financial control leaves her with no assets when the marriage ends. This situation becomes even more difficult when there are children involved. We think that abused women should not feel hopeless though. They need to get the necessary knowledge to provide themselves, along with any children, a life with freedom and security. It is definitely doable, but it needs courage and help of a legal professional to accompany you through the process.


Women who are abused will take all the same financial steps as a woman going through a divorce. The woman in an abusive relationship will need to take these steps with more caution because of the fact that a controlling husband may make it harder to move money around. Here are some steps you should start taking:

  • Open a post office box in order to receive mail privately.
  • Find a place outside your house where you can store important documentation such as your social security numbers, birth and marriage certificates, and bank statements.
  • Create a "secret" email account to allow private communication with your attorney. It is important to communicate on a public computer to avoid a spyware that could be installed on home computers.
  • Start saving your money in a separate bank account. If at all possible, transfer any of your assets such as savings or paychecks.
  • Change any PINs to something that won't be identified easily.
  • Remove your name on any joint debt so you don't end up paying after the divorce.
  • Get a credit card with your name alone.
  • You should also look into a pre-paid debit card. This can be bought at any grocery store and you can put as much money on it.
  • Turn to relatives for a loan if needed to hire an attorney.


Although financial needs has its own importance, the safety of you and your children is the most important. Because family violence is a serious issue, when filing for divorce in Texas, victims can ask the court to issue a protective order to ensure safety and security by prohibiting the abusing spouse from contacting you. The protective order will prohibit the offender from:

  • Committing any further acts of family violence
  • Harassing or threatening the victim
  • Going near a school or day-care that is attended by a child protected by the order
  • Prohibit the transfer or disposal of property
  • Establish possession and visitation of a child
  • Demand financial support for victims
  • Require the abuser to attend counseling
  • Require the abuser to vacate a shared residence or other specified property

Please seek help as soon as possible if you are in a physically abusive relationship. There are therapists and counselors that are able to help you. Once you are out of any physical danger, then proceed to take care of your financial matters. Contact an attorney today and let us help secure a safe future for you and your children.


If you live in Dallas, Collin, Denton, or Tarrant counties of Texas, our divorce attorneys of Dallas, Texas are here to help you with your divorce. We have helped clients over the years, who were in abusive relationships and finally decided to get out of the abuse and move on with their new lives. Our attorneys and legal staff are knowledgeable and passionate to understand your situation, and help you with your divorce case with the right course of action. If you or a loved one are in an abusive relationship, and want to seek divorce or legal help regarding that, our legal team has the solutions for you. We are here to listen to your case, and will give you the dedicated and aggressive legal service that your divorce case needs.


You can schedule a FREE CONSULTATION with our Dallas, Texas divorce attorneys by calling 972.789.1664, emailing, or filling out the form on top of this page. We offer easy installment plans and accept all major credit cards. We look forward to provide you a knowledgeable and dedicated legal service for your divorce case.

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