Unfortunately, addiction is quite common across the United States, including in California. People become addicted to any number of substances or activities, including alcohol and other drugs, watching pornography, or gambling. If you or your spouse struggle with addiction, it could influence proceedings in the event of a divorce.
What are some ways that addiction affects divorce?
Addiction makes divorce more likely
First of all, if one or more spouses suffer from addiction, getting a divorce is statistically more likely to occur. Drug and alcohol abuse are some of the most common reasons for couples to file an at-fault or even no-fault divorce. There are many reasons for this, including a higher likelihood of domestic violence when drugs and alcohol come into play. Addiction can also put a strain on a couple’s finances, which is a major cause of arguments and tension within a marriage.
Addiction affects custody arrangements
If one spouse has an addiction that negatively affects their ability to parent, this may influence how a court awards custody. For example, a court may say that someone who has a history of drinking and driving should not drive with their children, while they may allow someone who has a background of becoming angry while using drugs only supervised visits with their child. This is because many behaviors associated with addiction are not behaviors that are in the best interest of a child.
By understanding the laws and precedents in California surrounding addiction and divorce, people can make better decisions for themselves and their children.