Abusive relationships are a common cause of divorce in the United States. However, when most people think of abuse in a relationship, they think of physical violence or emotional manipulation. In fact, abuse can come in a wide variety of forms. One of the more common but least well-known forms of abuse in a relationship is financial abuse, a form of abuse that involves one spouse severely limiting the financial or work-related decisions of the other to put them in a state of dependency.
If you or someone you know has been a victim of financial abuse, an experienced legal professional can help you understand your options under the law. Contact the Oceanside domestic violence attorneys of Fischer & Van Thiel, LLP, by calling (760) 621-7101 to discuss your situation with a qualified member of our legal team.
Forms of Financial Abuse
Unfortunately, expectations regarding gender roles may cause some women to be placed at greater risk for financial abuse. Particularly because of how prevalent many of these expectations were until recently, some women may not even be able to recognize the abusive nature of some behavior. If you have experienced any of the following in your marriage, you may be a victim of financial abuse:
- Spouse demanding detailed expense accounts
- Spouse restricting job opportunities or advancements
- Spouse taking your income or other assets for their own use
- Spouse taking credit cards and only providing money for day-to-day expenses
All of these types of activity can be a sign that you are in a financially-abusive relationship.
If you or someone you know has been the victim of financial abuse, divorce may offer you an opportunity for improved circumstances. Contact the Oceanside domestic violence lawyers of Fischer & Van Thiel, LLP, at (760) 621-7101 to learn more about what you can do to put an end to these abusive practices.