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How to Prepare for a Divorce When Your Spouse Has a Substance Abuse Problem

Aimee Pingenot Key | April 26, 2017


There are a bunch of things that you can do to prepare for a divorce when your spouse has a substance abuse or alcohol abuse problem. 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. And by that, I mean observe how often he or she is drinking or using illegal substances. Where, how much, 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, I think 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. This is also important too if you have children because it’s a time for you to be able to learn about how to manage addiction issues, where they stem from, how you can help your partner, how you can help yourself, how you can help your children. You should look to see what kind of local resources and we can help you with that. Finding counselors, finding support groups, literature, working together to see what information you can get so you could be educated on what the two of you are going through together.

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