Allegations of domestic violence and spousal abuse are typically taken very seriously by Maryland authorities. In some circumstances, Maryland residents who feel they have suffered from spousal abuse choose to file for protective orders in a civil court of law. This can help them gain an extra layer of protection in situations where they feel like they may be in physical danger from a spouse who is not able to control their emotions during a time of upheaval. That can be particularly the case when a couple seems to be undergoing marital problems.
This seems to be what may be occurring between the town manager of Ocean City, Maryland and his wife. She recently filed for a protective order after alleging that her husband physically assaulted her while they were attending a college graduation event in another state for one of their daughters. The woman also alleged that he had threatened to commit suicide during the altercation between the two.
The woman was successful in obtaining a temporary protective order from a judge in May. That order prohibited the town manager from remaining on the property of their family home or contacting his wife. The man was due in court in mid-May to answer to the domestic violence charges. A judge would then have the option to convert the protective order from temporary to permanent. Alternatively, the judge could choose to throw out the case entirely.
Spousal abuse is never acceptable, and Maryland residents who have been physically harmed by a spouse do have the right to seek protective orders from a civil court. Documenting instances of domestic violence can be helpful for those who may be considering filing for a divorce. Sometimes, obtaining a temporary protective order while both partners go through a "cooling-off" period may be all that is required for emotions to return to more acceptable levels before a divorce can proceed in a safe and routine manner.
Source: delmarvanow.com, "Protective order against Ocean City manager alleges violence," May 14, 2013