When a spouse files for divorce on the grounds of physical abuse, there is no question that this constitutes cruelty or excessively vicious conduct. These are both grounds for divorce in the state of Maryland. Emotional abuse may not result in bruises or broken bones that require a visit to the emergency room, but it can be so damaging that the courts may consider it as grounds for divorce.
Bullying is a form of family violence that should be taken seriously. Typical behaviors include belittling a spouse or child, humiliating family members in public, being overly critical, calling family members by degrading or insulting names, and excessive ridiculing. Bullies often have low self-esteem and a feeling of powerlessness that they attempt to overcome by making someone else feel fearful and inferior. Unfortunately, the satisfaction of succeeding in this is fleeting, so the bully must repeat the humiliating behavior again and again.
Bullying can have serious detrimental effects on the spouse and the children in the family, including feelings of worthlessness, fear and shame. There is also a danger that this emotional abuse also can escalate into physical violence in individuals who carry deep psychological scars.
Maryland family courts may grant a divorce if you can prove that your spouse has been cruel or excessively vicious, even if the abuse is emotional. If you have reason to believe that your spouse will not change the bullying behavior, our law firm can explain your best legal options. Nobody should have to put up with bullying. Call Huesman, Jones & Miles, LLC at our Hunt Valley office at (443) 589-0150 to schedule an appointment with one of our qualified Towson divorce lawyers or contact us online.