Substance Abuse and Dependence

There is a strong link between substance abuse or dependence and divorce. Chemical dependency and abuse is a disease that can damage or even destroy relationships; marriage and parent-child relationships are no exception.

Substance abuse and dependence can encompass many classes of drugs including alcohol, cannabis, hallucinogens, inhalants, opioids, sedatives, and stimulants including cocaine and heroin.  Unless effectively treated substance dependency can be fatal.  

Individuals with a substance abuse or dependence problem often concentrate a great deal of energy into their relationship with the substance at the sacrifice of their marital relationship and their relationship with their children.  Substance abusers also have a tendency to blame others for their problems, such as blaming their spouse if there are difficulties in the marriage or in their relationships with their children.

Substance abuse or dependence can play a significant role in dealing with issues of child custody, property division, spousal support, and child support.  Not infrequently, those with chemical problems often have trouble retaining steady employment and many also engage in financial misconduct by the misuse of marital assets to further support their addiction.

 If substance abuse or dependence has become a significant problem in your marriage or in the relationship of your children with their other parent, you will need an attorney with extensive experience in dealing with such cases.  With over thirty years of and with a strong background in psychology, at Edward F. Whipps & Associates we are uniquely qualified to assist you and your family.

At Edward F. Whipps & Associates our strong relationships with treating psychologists and substance abuse and dependency counselors give us insight into the issues with which you may be dealing.  We have experience with finding creative ways to structure the parenting arrangement to account for such difficulties and with presenting the necessary information to the court when an agreement cannot be reached. We also know how substance abuse issues can affect support and property division and can help you obtain the result you and your family deserve.  We will work tirelessly to allow for a secure and happy future for you and your family.


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