Post Nuptials May Save Marriages

    When addiction threatens marriages, post nuptials may be the answer Divorce Attorney Kathryn Wayne-Spindler shares how post nuptials may save marriages plagued by addiction. She explains that many people in a relationship with someone burdened with addiction, don’t want to get divorced but feel pressured into it to protect their finances. Some clients want to stay with a spouse who struggles with addiction so they can support him/her. But they worry that the addict may make choices that impact their shared income or savings. With a post nuptial agreement, the supportive spouse may be able to protect the retirement funds Continue Reading…

Pokemon Go to Divorce Court

Pokemon Go gets people out of the house. It brings people together. The game encourages exercise. It’s good, clean, healthy entertainment…until it’s not. As the old saying goes, it’s all fun and games until someone chooses to spend time with imaginary creatures rather than a spouse. Which is apparently what’s happening in the world. In the grand tradition of football and hunting, Pokemon Widowhood is becoming a phenomenon.   What may start as a hobby, for some people creeps past obsession to out-and-out addiction. As with other highly-addictive habits, Pokemon Go gives instant gratification, an opportunity for escape from reality, Continue Reading…

Drug abuse: 5 things I wish my family law clients knew

Dear Drug or Alcohol Abuser, I’ve been a family law attorney for more than 20 years now and I have seen families ripped apart by alcohol and drug abuse. I’ve also witnessed the positive, reaffirming and heartwarming tales of parents reunited with children after a scary bout with addiction. The path of alcohol and drug use->abuse->addiction-> ruin is not a certain one. Clients have recovered. So whether drug abuse or alcohol abuse is the primary source of legal trouble or compounding it, there are five items I wish my family law clients knew about drug abuse and testing that can prevent a bad Continue Reading…

Link Between Mental Illness and Divorce

Quite often, divorce goes hand-in-hand with undiagnosed or untreated mental illness in one or both of the spouses. The most common mental illnesses to impact marriage breakdown are depression and addiction. Mental Illness and Divorce Wixom Divorce Attorney Kathryn Wayne-Spindler sees the tie between mental illness and divorce frequently in her busy Southeastern Michigan divorce practice. According to her, “Addiction issues can take a real toll on a marriage.” Not only do substance abuse and gambling addictions damage the couple’s emotional connection but they are frequently personality-altering and financially devastating as well. “A multinational study of mental disorders, marriage and Continue Reading…