When you are ready to divorce a spouse who has a substance abuse or alcohol abuse problem, you want to be as prepared as possible. One of the first things that you can do is take an assessment of what is actually occurring with your spouse. It is important to document what you’re seeing each day; observe how often they are drinking or using illegal substances. Be as detailed as possible and keep track of where, how much, and the time. You can also take photographs but just make sure you’re taking the time to really write down and keep track of what you’re seeing.
Prior to actually filing a lawsuit and proceeding with attorneys, one of the best things that you can do is really educate yourself on what is occurring in both your spouse’s life and in your life. Having as much education on the issue is important, especially if you have children. Understanding how to manage addiction issues, where they stem from, how you can help your partner, how you can help yourself, and how you can help your children can help you lessen the impact of divorce for everyone.
Remember: you aren’t alone. Look to see what kind of local resources are available to you. Finding counselors, finding support groups, and literature on addiction can help you feel empowered and ready to tackle the road ahead. And if you need assistance finding resources, Goranson Bain Ausley is here to help you along the way.
If you are preparing to divorce a spouse with substance abuse issues, please contact Aimee Pingenot Key to schedule a consultation.
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