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New York Courts Decide Family Matter in Light of Domestic Violence Allegations


On January 15, 1993 a man and a woman were married in a civil ceremony in Albania. Several years ago, they moved to Brooklyn, New York. In 2005, the parents and their five children went to visit their family in Albania. The wife is a stay at home mother who does not speak English. The husband is a businessman of questionable veracity. He has reported his income in three different places, three different ways. He has obviously grossly under estimated his income each time. When the husband left Albania to return to the US, he left his wife and children with his parents.

Two years later, his wife took the youngest child and went to her parent’s house. Before long, they discovered that because the children are American citizens that they would have to get divorced in Brooklyn. Eventually, the entire family made their way back to the US. The father and the oldest child live in the marital home, an apartment in Brooklyn. The mother and the four youngest children reside in a shelter.

The mother contends that she suffered years of domestic violence at the hands of her husband and only barely escaped to the battered women’s shelter in New York. The husband filed for divorce stating that she abandoned him. He claims that she failed to have sexual relations with him a couple of years ago.

This court finds that the husband in this case has a much more probably future since he is a construction worker, supervisor, and an owner of a business. The wife, on the other side of that coin, is middle aged woman who has always been a stay at home mother and who does not speak English. The wife has never worked out side of the home and has been a victim of domestic violence.

The father is granted his divorce, but the wife is granted custody of the children. There will be a later hearing to determine alimony and child support payments if any.

In many cases, it is difficult for a person to understand that incidents that occur within the realm of domestic violence constitute highly volatile circumstances. A parent who threatens to kill the other parent is in effect neglecting the mental wellbeing of the child. Any act of outright domestic violence, hitting, slapping, pinching, verbal abuse, all constitute a criminal act. If they are done in front of a child then it constitutes neglect. It was not determined in this case, where the children were except that they were clearly somewhere in the residence when the police arrived to work the crime scene in that the investigator had to find suitable placement for the children before taking the wife to the police station. This leaves open the question of neglect as it relates to the wife and husband and the children. Except that in 1981 the laws of child neglect did not include any mention of domestic violence.

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