Cruelty, The court may grant a divorce in favor of one spouse if the other spouse is guilty of cruel treatment toward the complaining spouse of a nature that renders further living together insupportable.

 Some examples of cruelty are:

Patterns of emotional abuse

Emotional abuse falls into three patterns:

  • Aggressive: which includes name-calling, belittling, blaming, accusing, yelling, screaming, making threats, degrading insults or destructive criticism.
  • Denying: this includes sulking, manipulation, neglecting, not listening, withholding affection and distorting the other’s experience.
  • Minimizing: this can include belittling the effect of something, isolating, accusations of exaggerating or inventing and offering solutions or ‘advice’.

Signs of emotional abuse

  • Depression or anxiety
  • Increased isolation from friends and family
  • Fearful or agitated behavior
  • Lower self-esteem and self-confidence
  • Addiction to alcohol or drugs
  • Escapist behavior

Emotional abuse can damage a person’s confidence so that they feel worthless and find it hard to make or keep other relationships. Secrecy and shame usually maintain the abuse

I’m sure we all know a couple that shouldn’t be married because of their constant fighting.  Many times one person for unknown reasons is always angry, cruel in many ways.  Cruelty can be constant verbal abuse.  So don’t think that smacking your spouse is the only type of cruelty that can be considered as grounds for ending marriage.

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