If you have been hit by your spouse you can ask the court to order that your spouse pay you damages out of the equalization of matrimonial property or that it be paid on a monthly basis and enforced by FRO.
Damages for pain and suffering were awarded in a recent case called McLean v. Danicic and McDermott. Yes "pain and suffering". She was awarded $15,000.00.
Do you know any divorce or separation that did not involve a lot of pain and suffering? Does that mean everyone will be able to sue for damages?