For the sake of your four-year-old child which you have together, you should make every attempt to seek family counseling to resolve the conflict. If after you have done so, or you feel that it is useless to make such an attempt, you should seek a competent divorce attorney- mediator to help you go through the divorce process. You’re are absolutely right in deciding not to move into the home and expose yourself and your children to physical abuse. Until you are totally satisfied that the abuse has stopped and will not return, you should avoid living together in the same quarters. I strongly suggest that you discuss these issues with your spouse immediately and in a public location, where you will have less chance of being subjected to physical abuse.
If you do get divorced, your husband, as the sole provider of the family, will be required to provide you with some form of spousal support and child support.
Leonard M. Weiner, Esq./Divorce Solutions