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Brian Bix

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199989591

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199989591.001.0001

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Domestic Violence

Domestic Violence

(p.239) Seventeen Domestic Violence
The Oxford Introductions to U.S. Law

Brian H. Bix

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the legal repercussions of domestic violence for family law. It first considers domestic violence as a ground for divorce and where fault is a factor that courts can take into account in determining the division of property or the setting of alimony. It then discusses the implications of domestic violence for child custody, premarital agreements, marital agreements, and separation agreements. It also takes note of the fact that many statutes and international law conventions create exceptions to the normal rules where domestic violence or child abuse is present.

Keywords:   domestic violence, family law, divorce, fault, alimony, child custody, premarital agreements, marital agreements, separation agreements, child abuse

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