Tulsa, OK Criminal Defense & Family Law Blog

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Don McClean and Wife Splitting Up

Can you file for divorce on grounds of domestic violence?

You can seek a divorce on many different grounds. Fault grounds include adultery and abandonment while no fault grounds include irreconcilable differences and incompatibility. While most couples do not divorce based on domestic violence, there are unfortunately still people in abusive relationships all over the country. Even high profile individuals find themselves in abusive relationships on occasion.

The singer of ever-famous "American Pie," Don McClean, has been recently accused of domestic violence by his wife of 30 years, Patrisha McClean. He was arrested at his Maine home on January 18, 2015. Although he has pleaded not guilty to the charges relating to the incident, it is unclear what will happen in his criminal case.

What is clear is that his wife has filed for divorce on the basis of cruel and abusive treatment. If this case took place in the State of Oklahoma, this domestic abuse related ground would be called extreme cruelty. Extreme cruelty is mental or physical abuse that takes place within a domestic relationship. It can be isolated to a single incident or present in a routine course of conduct.  Extreme cruelty is not just nastiness or meanness. The conduct must rise to the level of abuse and make it unsafe for the parties to continue their relationship.

Leaving a relationship is never easy. It becomes even more difficult when abuse already exists. If you are the victim of domestic violence and are hoping to get a divorce, it is imperative that you seek qualified legal advice. Your safety depends on how you go about obtaining a dissolution of marriage. Our Tulsa, Oklahoma divorce attorneys are experienced in the field and can offer you the peace of mind you deserve.

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