Too often when client’s are first handling the throws of divorce or separation, the emotions involved run very high. There is an old adage that says criminal lawyers see bad people at their best and divorce lawyers see good people at their worst.
Sometimes, however, emotions become too high and it turns into violence. Attorneys and Judges work very hard to keep this from happening. Yet, just last month, a 28-year-old Florida man was arrested after he viciously beat his wife right in front of a judge. The man and his wife were involved in a divorce court hearing at the time. He now faces criminal charges for felony battery, domestic violence and resisting arrest. For the full story see this link.
The incident took place in the judge’s chambers (office). The man reportedly stormed out of the room after the judge ordered him to pay child support for his two young children and gave him court ordered parenting time. The man returned a short time later and began screaming at the judge and his wife. He then reportedly began hitting his 23-year-old wife in the head and face and choking her.
The woman’s attorney attempted to stop the violent man by putting him in a bear hug. The man, who is an ex-Marine, would not surrender even after police intervened. He was finally subdued after being shot with a stun gun.
The woman was taken to a hospital where she was treated for a broken nose, broken bones in her face and a torn lip.
Child custody, child support, and divorce are all difficult issues which put a great deal of stress on individuals and families. Nevertheless, no person has the right to let stress turn into violence. And because of his poor choices, this man will now face serious criminal charges, and parenting time with his children could potentially jeopardized as well.