When a spouse is struggling with a substance abuse problem — or any kind of abuse issue — it could have an effect on the marriage and cause it to ultimately fall apart. Complications the abuse issue have the potential to cause in a marriage could actually lead Texas couples in these cases to divorce. The issue can also spill into the divorce process.
Legal and financial backlashes
If one spouse has been dealing with addiction issues, it’s almost a certainty the other spouse has borne some of the fallout. For instance, financial and legal issues may have already impacted the non-addicted spouse. He or she may have had to pay for fines or other costs racked up by the addicted spouse.
Addiction shatters trust
A divorce should be negotiated in good faith, and this may be hard for a spouse who has been lied to numerous times by the other spouse with an addiction issue. Faith in the addicted spouse may be nonexistent, so many of these types of divorce cases end up being litigated, which can be more time-consuming and costly. Addiction also takes money, so the addict may have racked up debt in his or her spouse’s name for which he or she may be accountable.
One person’s struggles with addiction can also complicate issues like child custody and support. Texas residents in these situations may want to discuss these and any other divorce-related issues with an experienced family law attorney. No one has to go through this type of divorce alone, and a lawyer may be able to offer the best path toward a satisfactory outcome and brighter future.