DIVORCING AN ADDICT: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

Recently, my wife’s firm published a great article which explores the effects of divorce and addiction. I wanted to share this with you, as many times, mental health and legal problems intermix.

Divorcing an addict is incredibly difficult. You may be struggling with guilt, confusion or even remorse after you make the decision to leave – but it’s your decision alone, and hopefully, you trust yourself enough to know that you made the right choice.

When you divorce an addict, you have to plan, prepare and muster your courage. It’s not an easy road, but in many cases, it’s an easier path to take than staying with an addict would be.

Maples Family Law

What’s important to know.

  1. There are cycles associated with addiction.
  2. There are degrees of addiction (Functional and Dysfunctional)
  3. Not every story is the same. (some can lead to positive outcomes… others will not).
  4. Sobriety can actually cause more stress in the relationship if the relationship itself encapsulated drug and/or alcohol use as a primary coping mechanism.
  5. If you are with a dysfunctional addict, you should really know your legal rights, and acquire help from an attorney.

If you are undergoing a difficult decision regarding divorce… you do not have to be alone. Counseling can help you sort through the emotions present. If you decide that divorce is your only option, an attorney can help.

C/O Maples Family Law and Dr. Thomas Maples 2019.

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