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The challenges of divorcing a spouse with mental illness

On Behalf of | May 8, 2024 | DIVORCE - Divorce |

Ending a marriage is a tough decision for anyone. It becomes even more difficult when this decision stems from conflicts brought about by a mental illness. When left unmanaged, mental health conditions could have serious implications on the dynamics of a marriage, often leading to divorce.

Mental health issues could branch out into other marital conflicts

Conflicts are inevitable in a marriage. However, when one spouse is living with a mental illness, these disagreements become more difficult to manage. There are some mental health conditions that prevent a person from maintaining social relationships. For example, their depression might lead them to neglect your child or their bipolar disorder might result in manic episodes that could cause physical harm to your family. While you might be patient in handling such circumstances, you could also reach a point of burnout. When you are no longer happy in your marriage, everything might feel taxing, and divorce seems like your best option.

Mental health conditions could affect divorce considerations

You could encounter difficulties when negotiating with your spouse who is living with a mental illness, especially when the divorce adds to their distress. Understanding their condition and how it affects the divorce process could help both of you navigate through a peaceful separation.

While Alaska allows for a no-fault divorce, some circumstances could influence how the court decides on child custody, child support, spousal support or asset division. For instance, when your spouse exhibits aggression, which could pose a danger to your child, the court might grant custody to you. It is important to communicate such situations with your spouse to prevent further conflicts.

Divorce could be emotionally draining. Sometimes, you could get consumed with guilt when you are considering a divorce from your spouse who has a mental illness. However, it is also necessary to take care of your own well-being in this situation. If you decide to pursue a divorce, seek the guidance of an experienced divorce attorney to ensure a separation grounded on mutual respect and compassion.