Addiction is a very real issue that haunts families in many ways. Alcoholism, drug dependency and gambling are the most common, while sex and digital addiction are also driving couples to divorce.
Often, at their wits end, frustrated and desperate spouses will hire lawyers to get protection in court. But litigation, by nature, is an adversarial process that only intensifies conflict and increases the emotional damage already caused by addiction. In addition, financial pressures caused by the family break-up become compounded by the high legal expenses of a slow court case.
But there are effective alternatives to the court system, such as mediation and collaborative law, which can be well-suited to family disputes arising out of addiction, provided the professionals involved have a certain experience dealing with these more complex cases.
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