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drug abuse, parenting responsibilities, DuPage County family law attorneyAs you may be already aware, beginning in 2016, the excessive use and abuse of drugs and alcohol will no longer be separately recognized as grounds for divorce. The dissolution process itself must be based on irreconcilable differences, essentially making every divorce officially a no-fault situation. However, even without making drug abuse the basis for the divorce, a large number of couples, and parents, in particular, are affected by the destructive, chemical-related behavior of one party. It is important to understand that drug abuse can and will continue to impact, arrangements regarding parental responsibilities and parenting time.

Allocation of Parental Responsibilities

Following a divorce or the break-up of unmarried parents, you and the other parent will be expected to reach a workable agreement regarding the parental responsibilities for your child. Before it will be approved, however, the court must examine the terms of the agreement and determine that they are reflective of the child’s overall best interests. If the agreement is not approved, or if you and the other parent cannot develop one together, the court will decide how parental responsibilities will be decided. In doing so, the court must take into account the various factors at work in the relationship and establish an arrangement that will meet the child’s needs.

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Aurora family law attorney, mental health, psychological disorders, mental illness, substance abuse, divorce and mental illnessProblems with mental health and psychological disorders can place an extremely large stressor on any relationship, and can certainly contribute to many divorces across Illinois and the United States. The various symptoms of these vastly different medical conditions often go unaddressed, causing subversive conflict. And according to the  National Institute of Mental Health, an estimated 57.7 million American adults suffer from psychological disorders.

Considering the regular conflicts that arise in marriages every day, if one or both partners suffer from a psychological disorder, these problems can easily become amplified – and often accumulate over time. By definition marriage is a partnership. If one party has a problem it generally transfers to the other – whether intentional or not.

It is not uncommon for adults with no history of mental illness to develop a condition they are ill-prepared to deal with themselves. This can be a very serious problem amongst couples, especially when other common factors are thrown into the mix –  such as children and even substance abuse. Often, the sufferer begins to lose the ability to take care of him or herself, and as a result their partner must continue to get more and more vigilante.

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

630-409-8184

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

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