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No excuse for domestic abuse

Being a police officer can be a very stressful profession. Seeing violence day in and day out can be wearing and frustrating. Regardless, there is never an excuse for domestic violence. A Florida police officer recently resigned from the force after being accused of domestic abuse.

The officer was arrested after being accused of assaulting his girlfriend and also pulling a gun on her. There were reportedly children in the home at the time of the incident. The couple have one child together.

No one should live in fear of domestic abuse

Living in fear of violence in the home can give rise to anxiety, depression and fear for one's life. No one in Florida should have to live in such a situation. Sadly, these situations are far too common. A recent series of reported incidents involving a Miami-Dade high school teacher is a current example of an alleged domestic abuse case.

The teacher, 6' 8" and 280 pounds, was recently arrested and charged with repeated incidents of abuse that allegedly took place over a four month period in 2017. The last reported beating is said to have included attempted strangulation, kicks to the ribs and to her back. The wife stated that her husband reminded her that he had experience and training in mixed martial arts (MMA). The argument was allegedly about the wife speaking with other women.

Domestic violence can present itself in surprising ways

Many people, including individuals who are potentially experiencing abuse, think that domestic violence only includes physical violence. In reality, there are many ways that domestic violence can present itself, apart from physical aggression.

More than 20 million individuals, both women and men, are victims of physical violence, rape or stalking each year. This breaks down to 24 individuals each minute. Domestic violence is unfortunately very common, which is why it is important to be able to spot less common instances.

Protective injunctions offer protection from domestic violence

No one should have to live in fear of a family member or other person in Florida. Domestic violence or domestic abuse is sadly an ever present threat for too many people. Protection from abuse can sometimes be obtained through a legal document called a protective injunction, also known as a restraining order.

A person does not have to be physically harmed before he or she can request that a protective order be issued. If a person feels threatened or in fear of being kidnapped or imprisoned, that can be sufficient cause for a restraining order. Other factors considered would be damage to personal property or harm to pets resulting in death.

No one should have to suffer domestic violence

The risk of domestic abuse is faced by many people in Florida. In numbers released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, (CDC) one in four women and one in nine men are victimized by domestic violence in any given year. That breaks down to a woman being abused every nine seconds. The problem is not limited to any race, economic income bracket, religion or education level.

Many people place blame on the victim for remaining in the situation. Leaving is not always an easy option. The fear of retribution by the abuser is a factor that contributes to a person remaining in the relationship. A person's self-esteem is often beaten down and one's confidence to fight back may be nonexistent.

Divorce becoming an issue for the elderly

Deciding to end a marriage has been around as long as the decision to marry in Florida. What may be changing is the age of couples when they decide to divorce. The overall rate of divorce is on the decline, but the rate for those couples aged 50 and over has been on the upswing. The divorce rate for those over 50 doubled from 1990 to 2010. Even couples over 90 are seeking to end their marriages.

Among current divorce proceedings, nearly one in four cases involves a couple over the age of 50. This phenomena is also referred to as 'gray divorce.' Many of these divorces are commenced by women. This is in part due to the increased number of women in the workplace, resulting in more financial independence.

Navy officer found dead from a possible domestic violence dispute

A Florida woman who was a member of the U.S. Navy and had just received a promotion to chief petty officer did not live long enough to celebrate the promotion. The woman received news of the promotion on a Friday and was found dead in her home the following Monday, possibly as a result of domestic violence. While no details were available, it was reported that she did not die from natural causes.

The chief petty officer had been granted a protective order two weeks earlier following a report of domestic violence. She reported that she had been kicked and that the man she was living with pulled a gun on her. The argument was about household bills, and she was due to appear in court on the Monday she died.

Child custody cases are not always black and white

Child custody cases in Florida can be heartbreaking. The judge's decision is based upon what he or she deems is in the best interests of the child. In some cases that is a very clear cut decision, but in others it is not. There can be many factors that go into the child custody decision, including the safety of the child, the ability of a parent to care for the child and even the relationship between a parent and child, particularly once a child becomes old enough to voice a preference.

Such a case is coming up for a hearing in another state. An 11-year-old girl has spent the last two years living with an aunt and uncle. A court hearing is imminent to decide whether to grant permanent guardianship to the aunt and uncle or return the child to her mother.

Collaborative law and divorce

Divorce and child custody battles can be ugly. Exposing children to family battles around custody and divorce issues can be traumatizing and have lasting effects. But it doesn't have to be that way. Collaborative law is a family law version of alternative dispute resolution that is gaining in popularity in Florida and across the country.

The idea behind it is that the family works together with a group of professionals to resolve their differences and arrive at an agreement that works for the family. The concept requires that a couple be willing to work together to arrive at an agreement, with the focus on problem solving as opposed to traditional litigation. It also gives the family more control over the process, may save money and will almost definitely save time. This method can also spare children from exposure to the trauma by reducing or eliminating conflict between parents.

Choosing an affordable assisted living facility

Parents β€” they grow up so fast. Much like when your parents sent you off to summer camp, school or your first home away from home, the time may be coming for you to help them move into a new community.

But, before making a senior living decision, it’s important that the costs are accounted for. Read on to learn about how to choose an affordable senior living facility.

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