Divorcing a Functioning Alcoholic or Drug User in New Jersey-Key Tips By Santo Artusa on October 16, 2020

Are you seeking a divorce in New Jersey because your spouse is an alcoholic or drug abuser and you can no longer justify staying with him or her despite having children together and some years of positive history? As a divorce lawyer and child custody attorney in New Jersey, I represent many people seeking a divorce or custody of a child. One of the main reasons people file for divorce is related to alcohol abuse. While that is usually not the only reason, that abuse can lead to domestic abuse, restraining orders, criminal activity, financial problems, job losses, lack of care or concern for your children or spouse. You probably have tried a million times to give your spouse more chances but now, it is just enough and the longer the children accept this reality, the harder it will be for them to have healthy relationships. In short, with your courage, get out. I am knowledgable in how abuse hurts a family and I know how to represent clients so that they are protected as well as their children. 

Reasons to file for divorce and to do so with a PLAN:

  • If you file fast and work fast, you protect your assets from being spent
  • You can protect yourself and your kids
  • End the Abuse
  • Save Your Sanity
  • Begin your recovery
  • You can have him or her removed from the home
  • You can secure financial support now or freeze assets

Waiting to file or giving hints of filing can lead to your spouse "burning it all down." The attitude that if I cannot have it, nobody can is common with abusers of drugs and alcohol. 

It is never easy to file for divorce. It takes courage to admit, my marriage is over, I tried my best and I need to move on for my children and I. It is difficult. My team and I are skilled in representing New Jersey spouses that are married to high functioning alcoholics and drug users. The key to preventing further harm is to secure what you and your children should have no before the abuser loses the money on drugs, gambling or any other vice that will only hurt you all and to prevent domestic violence in the home that can end your life. Do no wait as once the assets are gone, they are not coming back (in general). 

It is never our goal to hurt a spouse in a case or to hope they hurt themselves with drugs or alcohol. It is only our goal to secure your current situation, your future and the safety and future of your children. If you seek to file for divorce in New Jersey, contact us today on 973-337-9643. 


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Santo V. Artusa, Jr.

Santo V. Artusa, Jr.

Since 2009, Mr. Artusa has dedicated his career to representing clients in and near Jersey City in family law and criminal cases. He is a skilled negotiator and litigator who has received a range of prestigious recognitions, including:

  • The National Trial Lawyers Top 100
  • Avvo 10.0 Superb Rating
  • Client Distinction Award 2015

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