Domestic Violence

Domestic violence during the divorce process is a serious and highly emotional matter. You need an attorney who can handle the matter with the sensitivity and respect it deserves.

At Randi L. Karmel, PLLC, our domestic violence attorneys in New York City provide discreet and dignified representation. Contact our compassionate legal team to discuss your unique matrimonial or family law matters by clicking here or calling us at 212-755-0224. Our family law firm represents clients from all five boroughs. Call Randi L. Karmel, PLLC, today.

Are Allegations of Domestic Abuse Common in New York City Divorces?

There is never an excuse for marital violence. Domestic abuse affects all genders and all sexual orientations.

Most statistics measuring the prevalence of domestic abuse define the subject as intimate partner abuse. In the last reporting year, the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV), in the state of New York:

  • 31.7% of women report instances of intimate partner physical violence
  • 29% of men experience intimate partner physical violence
  • More than 250,000 instances of domestic violence were reported to law enforcement
  • Over 228,000 protective orders were issued

If you need an order of protection or restraining order, contact Attorney Randi L. Karmel today. If it is an emergency, call the police and get an immediate order of protection. However, if you need an order of protection through family court, we can petition the judge on your behalf if you:

  • Have an intimate relationship with the perpetrator
  • Have a child
  • Related by blood or marriage

Domestic violence can be physical, sexual, verbal, or emotional and have serious implications during divorce proceedings.

How Will Allegations of Domestic Abuse Effect My Divorce?

When one or both parties claim they have experienced physical, mental, or emotional abuse during their union, it is crucial to have an experienced family law attorney in New York City by your side. Domestic violence can affect multiple aspects of your divorce proceedings, including:

If marital violence has been consistent, an abusive spouse is less likely to receive sole or joint custody. A judge may:

In New York, domestic violence is typically considered for the division of marital assets. Recently, the New York State Legislature amended the Domestic Relation Law 236. This is the first time that marital violence has been officially considered in property and asset divisions. Depending on the level of provable violence, a spousal victim of domestic violence could be awarded much more favorably.

  • Alimony:

All instances of domestic abuse are considered when issuing spousal support. If the perpetrating spouse conducted economic or financial abuse, the courts will look more favorably on the victim, even if their earning capacity is not affected.

  • Financial and economic abuse may include refusing to let a spouse earn income or refusing them access to the marital funds.

Contact Our New York City Domestic Violence Attorneys Today

If you are considering a divorce or are in the middle of divorce proceedings and have experienced marital violence during your union, Attorney Randi L. Karmel can help.

Our domestic violence attorneys in New York City have successfully protected the rights of victims of intimate partner abuse for years. We will aggressively advocate for your best interests.

Call Randi L. Karmel, PLLC, today and schedule an evaluation with one of our family law attorneys to discuss your unique matrimonial or family law matters by clicking here or calling us at 212-755-0224. We serve clients in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan, and Staten Island.