Create a pre-divorce strategy if your spouse is drug dependent

On Behalf of | Jan 1, 2024 | Child Visitation, Custody, Divorce, Family Law |

Sometimes, divorcing someone struggling with addiction is the right thing to do not just for yourself but for the benefit of your children. Unfortunately, the element of addiction can make an already challenging divorce even more complex.

Your finances and your and your children’s safety could be in jeopardy amid the turbulence and unpredictability of divorcing a substance-dependent spouse. However, a thoughtful pre-divorce strategy may minimize these risks. Here are three steps to consider including.

Prioritize safety and support

The support and encouragement of those who love you can be invaluable during your divorce. Your family and friends can provide emotional support, practical assistance and a safe place to stay if needed. Joining an organized group or workshop for people in similar circumstances may give you additional support and strength.

Under Michigan law, you can seek a personal protection order against your spouse if you fear for your or your kids’ personal safety.

Secure your finances

This step is crucial for legal reasons and your well-being and future stability. Addiction can lead to financial mismanagement, hidden debts and unpredictable spending patterns, which may impact your share of marital property.

Assess your assets, debts and income, ideally before filing for divorce, to get a picture of where you are financially.

Look toward the future

You may naturally feel you should only focus on the present, but it is wise to contemplate what may lie ahead, especially on the economic landscape. Explore ways to fortify your financial independence, such as training or education programs for a higher-earning career.

Taking this step can help you provide for your kids if your co-parent cannot meet their child support obligations. That is a common issue with addiction.

Getting experienced legal guidance as early as possible to help ensure your pre-divorce strategy and subsequent divorce serves your and your children’s best interests.