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Wakenight & Associates, P.C.

1100 Lake Street, Suite 120, Oak Park, IL 60301

DuPage County | 630-852-9700

Mokena | 815-727-6144   Oak Park | 708-848-3159

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DuPage County Mental Health in Divorce Lawyers

Oak Brook Psychological Issues in Divorce Lawyers

Attorneys in Elmhurst for Divorce Cases Involving Substance Abuse and Addiction

At Wakenight & Associates, P.C.., we understand that married couples get divorced for a wide variety of reasons. Some couples simply grow apart as time goes by, while others are divided by cheating, abuse, or other damaging behaviors. Mental health concerns and addiction issues can also place a great deal of stress on a relationship—sometimes to the point where divorce is the best option. Substance abuse and other mental health issues are challenging in any situation, but when a divorce involves such considerations, things can become especially difficult.

The skilled attorneys at our firm have more than 95 years of combined legal experience, and we are sensitive to the challenges presented by mental health issues and addiction in matters of family law. If you are considering a divorce from a spouse with psychological concerns, we are equipped to help you handle the avalanche of personal, emotional, and practical factors that will need to be addressed during the process.

Trusted Oak Brook Lawyers Helping You Protect Yourself

Mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and others can be extremely difficult for those who are dealing with them. The impact of such issues, however, is not limited to the sufferer. Spouses, children, and other family members are often affected by a person's psychological concerns as well. A person who is dealing with a mental illness or an addiction may be prone to unpredictable behavior, which could include violence, abuse, self-harm, reckless spending, and infidelity. Sadly, it is not uncommon for such situations to destroy any hope of a happy, healthy marriage.

At Wakenight & Associates, P.C., our attorneys know that it is not easy to speak to an addicted or mentally ill spouse about the possibility of a divorce. There is no way to predict how he or she might react. We will work with you in reviewing your circumstances and developing a plan for keeping you and your children safe. Moving to a new home might be necessary, but it might not be enough. In extreme cases, you might need to obtain an order of protection so that you can focus on the tasks at hand without fear of repercussions by your spouse. Our team will help you through the process of building a happier, healthier future.

Mental Health and Substance Abuse as a Divorce Consideration

Under Illinois law, all divorces in the state are granted on the no-fault grounds of irreconcilable differences. While mental health and addiction issues can certainly contribute to those differences, you will not receive extra considerations for your spouse's behavior—at least not financially. Courts are prohibited from considering marital misconduct when dividing marital property or awarding spousal support.

Mental health and substance abuse are concerns, however, when making decisions about child-related matters such as the allocation of parental responsibilities and parenting time. When psychological or addiction issues are involved, you and your spouse may be asked to participate in a custody evaluation to determine the full extent of the concerns. Depending on the nature and the seriousness of the issues, your spouse's parental rights and responsibilities could be affected. Our experienced attorneys will remain at your side every step of the way to ensure that your rights and best interests are fully protected.

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If your spouse is dealing with mental health or addiction issues, contact our office for guidance. Call 630-852-9700 for a free consultation today. We represent clients in Elmhurst, Oak Brook, Lombard, Western Springs, Addison, La Grange, Burr Ridge, Wood Dale, Hinsdale, DuPage County, Kane County, and the surrounding areas.

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