Family Law Blog

Restraining Orders Take a Financial Toll on Women

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

When a woman gets a restraining order on a partner, it can result in negative financial consequences for her, including lower earnings.

Those interesting findings came from a study conducted by researchers at the University Of Pittsburgh. The researchers went through the earnings of close to 4,000 women in Pennsylvania, and found that those women who sought a restraining order against an abusive partner, lost between $312 and $1018 in earnings in the year following.

Additionally, the researchers found that the women were not able to make up these financial losses later. This could be because sometimes abusers spouse sabotage the woman's workplace and job, making it impossible for her to continue at the workplace. In other cases, they run up bills or confiscate the spouse’s paycheck. All of these could be possible reasons why women suffer a drop in financial earnings in the year after the restraining order.

These findings also prove that it's important to offer a woman more than just legal support at a time like this. Women need other types of support, including financial support during this time. Many women simply won’t walk away from an abusive marriage, unless they have some kind of financial support in place. But no one denies that taking out a restraining order against an abusive partner, could possibly save your life.

If you are currently in an abusive relationship, there are steps that you can take to help protect your safety and the safety of your children. Don't wait until the abuse becomes serious enough to threaten your life or your children's lives. Speak to a family lawyer in Los Angeles about taking out a restraining order against your abusive spouse.