California residents may be aware of domestic violence issues in the marriages of friends, families or public figures. In many cases, there may be an interest in the implications if an abuse victim desires to leave a marriage. Domestic violence includes both physical and emotional actions that harm an individual in a family environment. In a marriage, one spouse suffering such actions from another spouse may be viewed as a reason for divorce.
Although most states allow for no-fault divorces, enabling spouses to leave a marriage without giving a specific reason for the desired dissolution of marriage, the issue of cruelty is considered grounds for divorce, making domestic abuse a viable option in filing for a fault divorce. In some cases, the harm caused to one spouse by another may affect the division of marital assets, but this is not necessarily the case in all states. The determination of the impact of domestic violence on asset division may vary based on the view and decision of the judge overseeing a case.