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Man receives maximum sentence for beating wife in judge's chambers

Domestic abuse is just one of many reasons why couples go to court in Maryland. However, it is somewhat rare for the domestic abuse to actually take place in court.

Last April, a man attacked his wife when a judge ordered him to pay child support for the couple's two children as they neared the end of their divorce proceedings. The man is said to have given her two black eyes, a broken nose, and a concussion. The woman was so badly beaten that when she went to pick up her kids from daycare, other children were afraid of her.

The court sentenced the woman's husband to fifteen years in prison for his actions. That is the maximum sentence allowed by law in the state.

This incident occurred in Florida and states differ in their allowed penalties for domestic violence. Any victim of domestic violence in Maryland may want to contact a lawyer about the proper way to proceed.

In some cases, an order of protection may be adequate, and Maryland makes such orders relatively simple to obtain. Because of the time-sensitive nature of these requests, the orders can be obtained at any hour of the day, any day of the week in Maryland. The temporary order is valid for up to a week, with a final determination coming after an expedited hearing.

In this instance, the victim feared greatly for her safety. The woman's husband was a former marine with bipolar disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder. His sister had considered committing him to a psychiatric hospital in the days before the incident because he had been so depressed that she feared he would commit suicide.

At his sentencing hearing, the man admitted that he had been a bad husband. He is heading to prison, but his attorneys are concerned he will not get the help he needs.

Source: CBS Miami, "Fmr. Marine Gets 15 Years For Divorce Court Beating," Mar. 2, 2012

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