Silent Marriage Killer: The Functional Alcoholic

This is part one of a three-part series of blogs about some of the common causes of divorce. For the purposes of this blog about marriage to the functional alcoholic, we’ll refer to the drinker as “he” and the spouse as “she” or “the spouse”. We fully realize that although in the past more functional alcoholics were men, research shows the gender gap is closing. So we recognize that the drinking spouse in this scenario is almost as likely to be a woman, but for the sake of editorial clarity, please forgive the gender-specific pronouns.  In our busy Michigan law Continue Reading…

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…

Local Resources for Fighting Addiction

Heroin. It used to be that the highly-addictive drug was the choice of the hard-core addict. However it’s popularity has increased in recent years even among the unexpected demographics of suburban high-schoolers and moms. The trend is disturbing and complex. Easy to dismiss as a problem for “other people,” the heroin-addiction epidemic is being tackled in a three-part series by the West Oakland County Spinal Column Newsweekly. Local attorney Kathryn Wayne-Spindler shares resources for fighting addiction in Southeastern Michigan. Resources for those fighting addiction Additionally, local volunteers and support groups are stepping up efforts to raise awareness and reach those Continue Reading…