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When one or both parties to a divorce suffer from alcohol use disorder (the latest medical term for alcoholism) or drug addiction, the divorce process can become significantly more complicated.

For one thing, settlement discussions can be much more difficult. Long-term drug use or alcohol abuse can actually cause brain damage, reducing a person’s ability to think logically, make decisions, and control their behavior. There are emotional effects as well: an estimated 30-40 percent of alcoholics also suffer from some type of depression. Bottom line, it is likely to take longer to reach a settlement and get the divorce finalized when you or your spouse abuses drugs or alcohol.

From a strictly legal point of view, a spouse’s drug or alcohol use can

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Regardless of whether a parent hits them, too, children are injured by domestic violence. Kids are the silent victims. They’re traumatized when they witness one parent attacking the other, and they can also feel threatened or be hurt themselves. If you’re in an abusive marriage, the best thing you can do for your kids is summon up the courage to get out and take them with you. Kids are resilient and, given the chance, they can heal.


The Trauma of Watching Violence

Up to 10 million children witness domestic violence every year in the U.S., according to experts at CORA, Community Overcoming Relationship Abuse. The kids are aware of the violence. All children — from those as young as 1 or 2 years old to teenagers — feel fear,

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