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Special considerations when seeking divorce from an addict

Addictions come in many forms, all of which can be extremely damaging. Believe it or not, quite a few couples in Maryland will end their marriages due to such behaviors. Unfortunately, seeking a divorce from a person who is dealing with an addiction can be difficult, and some special considerations may be required.

It is believed that, on a national level, there are well over one million divorces every single year. As up to 15 million people in the country are thought to be addicted to alcohol, drugs or various other things, it is reasonable to believe that quite a few divorces involve some degree of addictive behaviors. It is not that there is necessarily a lack of love between spouses, but the nature of the addiction can simply put too much pressure on a family.

When, as a spouse, one is negatively affected by the addiction of a significant other, the decision to divorce can be terribly difficult. However, sometimes it is the best option for oneself and any children who may also be affected. At the end of the day, this is a very personal decision. If it is made, though, there are certain things that one may want to include in the divorce settlement.

For instance, for those with children, addictions can be taken into consideration when determining custody issues. Custody and/or visitation time can be affected by one's ability to complete rehabilitation. Before a stipulation such as this can be included in a custody agreement, though, significant evidence of addiction must be provided.

This is just one of many things that may need to be considered when seeking a divorce from an addict. An experienced attorney will be able to help address the unique needs of every individual client. Couples in Maryland can negotiate terms that best suit their circumstances and that take into account a spouse's addictive behaviors.

Source: The Huffington Post, "Dealing With Divorce and Addiction", Mel, Nov. 11, 2015

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