Marriage can be a bumpy road, especially since not all marriages end happily. A single spouse’s mental health issues could add increased challenges to even the most stable marriages. At some point in a marriage, a spouse may decide he/she can no longer handle the instability or violence of the spouse and may require a divorce.
While there isn’t anything preventing an individual from divorcing their mentally ill spouse, he/she would be required to plan ahead to ensure the divorce process goes smoothly.
However, it is essential to keep in mind that the duty of the individual wouldn’t necessarily end upon the divorce.
While each state has their own rules regarding mental health illnesses and divorce, a mental health condition can be referred to as a mental health impairment which could range from a severe mental health disease. These conditions could range from schizophrenia to an easily treatable condition such as mild depression.
Generally, depending on the severity of the mental health illness of one of the spouses, the other spouse may find him/herself responsible for long-term support, financially.
However, a spouse who goes through minor moments of depression or has as a condition such as Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, alimony won’t automatically be issued to the spouse. In fact, like in any divorce, the judge would factor the needs of the spouse and the ability of him/her to be self-sufficient. Additionally, the other spouse’s ability to pay would also be considered.
Keeping in mind the unusual difficulties that may be faced by a mentally affected spouse would have it’s share of difficulties. However, in certain situations it is essential to hire a divorce lawyer Orlando FL to help spouses be guided through the process with the relevant information.
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