Question: My daughter has married an alcoholic. She did not know that when she married. He has now started to physically abuse her, hitting her on three occasions and she has come home to live with me and her mother. I don’t feel I can send her back into an abusive situation. Her husband refuses to go for treatment. Do we recommend divorce to protect her home and assets? He is living in her home. Or do we recommend separation?
Answer: The big question here is whether there has been sexual unfaithfulness as well as abuse. Unless there has been adultery, 1 Corinthians 7 does not appear to allow divorce – only separation, with the hopes and prayers that the abuse will stop and the marriage will be reconciled.