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Can a single episode of domestic violence affect the property division?

In those states that do consider marital fault in property division and domestic violence is considered marital fault the domestic violence must be more than a one-time thing, unless the violence was especially egregious. For example, the court would consider a beating so violent that it puts a woman in the hospital. Consideration, it should be remembered, means what a judge says it means, and it is not a guarantee that a court will be moved in favor of an abused spouse.


In extreme cases, such as murder or attempted murder, courts have made one-sided property divisions in favor of the victim.