The Law Office of Matthew M. Williams, P.C.


1444 North Farnsworth Avenue, Suite 307, Aurora, IL 60505

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Psychological Issues and Addiction in Divorce

Yorkville mental health divorce lawyer

Kane County Family Law Attorney

A couple might decide to get divorced for a number of reasons. In some cases, the couple got married at a very young age, and, over time, they simply grew apart. In other situations, the spouses might have been driven apart by cheating, dishonesty, or other destructive behavior. Sometimes, however, a marriage might break down as the result of mental health issues or addiction. Addiction and psychological issues are challenging to deal with regardless of the circumstances, but when they are concerns during a divorce, it is important to proceed with caution.

I am Attorney Matthew M. Williams of the Aurora-based The Law Office of Matthew M. Williams, P.C. I have been serving clients in and around Northern Illinois for more than 15 years. With my background and experience, I understand the sensitive and personal nature of divorce cases that involve mental health issues and addiction. I recognize the importance of being straightforward, honest, and responsive to the difficulties that often arise in such cases. If you are thinking about pursuing a divorce but are concerned about how your spouse's psychological problems could affect the situation, I am ready, willing, and able to help.

Divorce Representation in Naperville and Aurora

If your spouse is dealing with addiction, mental illness, or any other psychological issue—even if he or she has not been formally diagnosed—you are probably suffering as well. Mental health concerns and substance abuse are often linked to unpredictable behavior that could include physical violence or emotional abuse. In such a case, you might feel obligated to stay married to your addicted or mentally ill spouse, even if he or she is refusing to seek help or manage the condition. Ending the marriage, however, might be the best option for you, your spouse, and your children.

As an experienced divorce lawyer, I know how hard it can be to tell your spouse that you want a divorce, especially if he or she is dealing with psychological issues or addiction. There is no way to know how your partner will react. I can help you analyze your situation and devise a strategy that will allow you and your children to stay safe. Moving out of the family home, for example, might be a good first step, but doing so may not be enough. If necessary, I can also help you get an order of protection to keep you and your children safe throughout the divorce process.

Mental Health Concerns and Parenting Arrangements

When making decisions about parental responsibilities and parenting time, the court will make your child's best interest as its top priority. When addiction and psychological issues are suspected, each parent may be required to submit to a psychological evaluation so that the court can have a full understanding of the situation. Depending on the severity and nature of your spouse's problems, his or her decision-making rights and parenting time could be affected. For example, if your soon-to-be ex-spouse has a serious alcohol addiction, the court might limit parenting time until he or she completes a detox and rehabilitation program.

I understand that mental health and addiction concerns are usually ongoing issues. Even if you are able to reach a reasonable solution during the divorce, things could change quickly and dramatically down the road. For example, if your former spouse decides to get help or overcomes his or her addiction several years after the divorced, he or she might wish to seek a parenting plan modification so that he or she can try to establish a new, healthy relationship with your child. A relapse, however, or worsening problems could prompt you to take renewed action to keep your child safe.

Call 630-409-8184 for an Appointment

If your partner is dealing with mental, emotional, or psychological issues or has substance abuse problems, contact my office before beginning the divorce process. I will do everything I can to help keep you and your children safe. Call 630-409-8184 for a confidential consultation today. The Law Office of Matthew M. Williams, P.C. represents clients in Kendall County, DuPage County, Kane County, and the surrounding areas.

The Law Office of Matthew M. Williams, P.C.


1444 North Farnsworth Avenue, Suite 307, Aurora, IL 60505

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