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Alcoholism and divorce

Even in a best-case-scenario, divorce has the potential to get messy. This is all the more true when one or both spouses in a divorce struggle with alcoholism. If you are considering divorcing an alcoholic spouse, you may have many questions about how his or her behavior may affect the process, and how you can keep that behavior from becoming the centerpiece of the process.

It is important to remember that divorce, although innately personal, is more like the dissolution of a business relationship than breaking up with a girlfriend or boyfriend. If you choose to seek the guidance of an attorney (which you should consider strongly), you can rest assured that your attorney's job is not to judge your circumstances, but to represent your interests and help keep the matter professional.

Still, it is important to be honest throughout the process. While it is not wise to make alcoholism the focus of the divorce, you must acknowledge it appropriately, especially in areas where it may affect the outcome of a court's decision. One of the primary areas that this may occur is in a child custody dispute. An attorney can help you appropriately acknowledge the risks that alcoholism poses to your children and create a strategy to fight for a custody situation that keeps them safe.

Alcoholism is never easy to understand or respond to. However, an experienced attorney can help you rise above the strain of the situation and see things more clearly to create a wise path forward. With proper legal counsel, you can achieve a fair divorce from an alcoholic spouse while keeping the process civil and protecting the rights and interests of you and your children.

Source: HuffPost, "The Relationship Between Alcoholism And Divorce," Susan Saper Galamba, accessed July 14, 2017

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